New energy efficient homes for Glasgow

19 Mar 2010

Glasgow Housing Association's ambitious plans for an energy-efficient home which costs just £100 a year for heating and hot water have taken a step forward.

GHA has teamed up with architects PRP and City Building to build four prototype houses which feature high standards of insulation, coupled with low energy running costs and simple technology.

And with the target of heating and hot water bills coming to just £100 a year - or £2 a week - the home will tackle fuel poverty head-on and play a key role in reducing impact on the environment.

A typical 3-bedroom home would usually cost around £1100 per year to heat.

The four 3-bedroom, semi-detached houses - which have become known as 'The Glasgow House' - are currently under construction at City Building's Skills Academy in Laurieston, Glasgow. They will be completed in May.

Once the houses are fully tested, it is planned that more will be built for GHA tenants.

Jim Sneddon, GHA's Executive Director of Regeneration, said: "The Glasgow House is no longer just an idea - it is now a development with a real future.

"This simple, cost-effective design for an energy-efficient home will help families enjoy a better quality of life. The prototype homes are also being built using locally-trained workers and apprentices.

"GHA already provides some of the lowest cost social housing in Glasgow and now we want to provide the best and greenest housing which benefits our tenants and the environment.

Source: Glasgow Housing Association

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