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Pictures reveal eco-build technology

Barratt Developments has released computer generated images (CGIs) of Britain’s first zero-carbon community.

The development in Hanham Hall, near Bristol, will include a number of eco-friendly building technologies, which could influence future commercial property development builds.

Mark Clare, chief executive officer said: "Barratt is now using renewable technologies at 40 of our developments. The photovoltaic roof panels and solar hot water thermal collectors are key features, which we will use going forward."

The community’s onsite features include a carbon neutral combined heat and power plant (CHP) fuelled by wood chips or pellets, a SUDS drainage system, landscape retention features, allotments and greenhouses.

Individual properties feature Kingspan Offsite TEK Sipps insulation, Mechanical Ventilation and Heating Recovery Systems (MHVR) and they are oriented to utilise natural light.

The 200 units on the site have been designed to meet the requirements for level six of the Code for Sustainable Homes and are due for completion in 2011.

Some new office developments have taken advantage of available natural light and used it to brighten inside spaces.

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