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Doors open to 15 eco homes

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 July 2010

A ceremony took place at Larchwood Close in Lingwood to mark the completion of 15 GreenGauge eco homes.

BBC presenter Stewart White (pictured) planted a tree to commemorate the affordable housing development which is being monitored by the University of East Anglia.

A ceremony took place at Larchwood Close in Lingwood to mark the completion of 15 GreenGauge eco homes.

BBC presenter Stewart White (pictured) planted a tree to commemorate the affordable housing development which is being monitored by the University of East Anglia.

Residents and their families were joined by representatives of Victory Housing Trust, Flagship Housing Group, Broadland District Council, Lingwood Parish Council, the University of East Anglia and Carbon Connections.

The £1.7m development was handed £540,000 from the Housing Corporation. The scheme, built by Youngs Homes, comprises a mix of seven three-bedroom homes and eight two-bedroom homes with eleven for affordable rent and four for shared ownership.

One pair of homes has been built without renewable energy sources for comparison. The other 13 homes use a series of low and zero carbon technologies which include ground source heat pumps, solar thermal and photovoltaic units and passive solar-heated sunspaces, each home having one dedicated renewable energy source.

The first year of occupation is being monitored by the University of East Anglia, funded by Carbon Connections. The study will explore the economic and social implications of these low and zero carbon technologies.

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