Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Brighter Future Beckons for the 'Tea-Cosy' Flats ; They Are to Get New 'Chameleon' Technology

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Brighter Future Beckons for the 'Tea-Cosy' Flats ; They Are to Get New 'Chameleon' Technology

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RESIDENTS in a Manchester block of flats are set to see their fuel bills slashed - thanks to rainbowcoloured, 'tea cosy' technology.

Flats in Longsight are due to be the first in the country to be fitted with cladding which reacts to the elements.

The cladding is topped with crystals which change colour depending on how sunlight hits them.

The two blocks of flats and six bungalows on Erneley Close, Longsight, will each be clad in a slightly different type of the substance, called Chameleon Rock, ranging from darker green and blue tones to orange and red hues and lighter pastel shades.

Meanwhile, a hi-tech system designed in Germany will capture heat from appliances such as cooker extractor fans and recycle it to heat people's homes, along with superstrong insulation. Once installed, it means residents will see their heating bills fall by around 70 per cent - saving them hundreds of pounds a year. The 'PassivHaus' technology has been installed in newly built homes and offices before but this is the first time it has been installed in an existing building in Britain. …

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