Jacqui's Full of Energy for Eco-Housing
A "ground-breaking" eco-housing project can offer an example to the rest of the country, the Home Secretary said yesterday.
Jacqui Smith MP was in her Redditch constituency this morning to officially open a development of energy-efficient homes in Lakeside.
The wooden houses, built of sustainable timber, produce 50 per cent less carbon than traditional houses and are heavily insulated to save energy. The complex, run by residents as a co-operative, includes two solar-powered homes which are the first in the country to meet the standards of the new Code for Sustainable Homes level 3.
Ms Smith said: "There are things that we can learn from Scandinavian countries about how you can build low carbon housing.
"If we can do it here in Redditch and be ground-breaking in carbon reductions then we can do it elsewhere in the country."
She added: "This type of initiative makes a real difference. They (the residents) are part of what is a really successful co-operative scheme in Redditch. People have been involved in the design, running the estate, helping each other. It builds community feeling."
Ms Smith, who visited the site in February this year, opened the development formally by planting an oak tree. …