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The first zero-carbon houses of Great Britain, depicted in this artist's impression, are built in Oxfordshire, with prices starting around one million pounds

Britain's ultimate low-carbon neighborhood is being built in Oxfordshire, with prices starting with a touch of more than £ 1 million.

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The environmentally friendly houses are powered exclusively by electricity generated by solar panels on the roof, with batteries to store surplus energy for later use.

The properties that are currently in the construction phase will also have mechanical ventilation and mini heat pumps to make their heating work and produce hot water.

The timber-clad houses require virtually no heating or cooling, thanks to their energy-efficient design that follows the so-called & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; standard.

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The first zero-carbon houses of Great Britain, depicted in this artist's impression, are built in Oxfordshire, with prices starting around one million pounds

The first zero-carbon houses of Great Britain, depicted in this artist's impression, are built in Oxfordshire, with prices starting around one million pounds

WHAT IS PASSIVHAUS?

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Passivhaus is a voluntary standard for energy-efficient buildings, based on power consumption and air leakage.

It was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by German and Swedish scientists Wolfgang Feist and Bo Adamson.

Techniques used to comply with the standard, including the orientation of compact layouts, to reduce the surface area that could cause heat loss, the use of super insulation and energy-efficient electrical appliances and lighting.

According to developer Ssassy Property, the environmentally friendly houses are about 30 years ahead of the government's carbon-free goal in 2050.

The company claims they are the first in the country that does not produce any polluting carbon dioxide.

Buyers can choose to adjust the layouts, kitchens and bathrooms of their home outside of the standard template.

Each house is built from natural, sustainable materials and comes with a charging point for electric vehicles.

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Twenty-five of the environmentally friendly homes are being built near the village of Southmoor, Oxfordshire, in a 7.7-acre project called & # 39; Springfield Meadows & # 39 ;.

Of the planned properties, eight custom-built plots have already been purchased, the remaining of which are still on the market for more than £ 1 million.

& # 39; We think this is the first development of homes without CO2 emissions and net zero energy in the country & # 39 ;, says Ian Pritchett, director of Ssassy Property and Greencore Construction.

& # 39; Our homes are all electric and generate electricity from photovoltaic panels, which can be stored in a battery or used while it is being generated. & # 39;

& # 39; We combine this with mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and mini heat pumps to generate heat and hot water. & # 39;

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The houses to be built require virtually no heating or cooling because they are built according to the & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; model – a voluntary standard for energy efficiency derived in Germany.

Photovoltaic solar panels are placed on the roof to generate energy.

The environmentally friendly houses are powered exclusively by electricity generated by solar panels on the roof, with batteries to store surplus energy for later use

The environmentally friendly houses are powered exclusively by electricity generated by solar panels on the roof, with batteries to store surplus energy for later use

The environmentally friendly houses are powered exclusively by electricity generated by solar panels on the roof, with batteries to store surplus energy for later use

According to developer Ssassy Property, the environmentally friendly houses are about 30 years ahead of the government's carbon-free goal in 2050

According to developer Ssassy Property, the environmentally friendly houses are about 30 years ahead of the government's carbon-free goal in 2050

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According to developer Ssassy Property, the environmentally friendly houses are about 30 years ahead of the government's carbon-free goal in 2050

The properties also have mechanical ventilation and mini heat pumps to make their heating work and produce hot water. The timber-clad houses require virtually no heating or cooling, thanks to their energy-efficient design that follows the so-called & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; standard

The properties also have mechanical ventilation and mini heat pumps to make their heating work and produce hot water. The timber-clad houses require virtually no heating or cooling, thanks to their energy-efficient design that follows the so-called & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; standard

The properties also have mechanical ventilation and mini heat pumps to make their heating work and produce hot water. The timber-clad houses require virtually no heating or cooling, thanks to their energy-efficient design that follows the so-called & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; standard

& # 39; Unfortunately, the government has eased the proposed zero CO2 targets for 2016 after they have been lobbyed by homebuilders & # 39 ;, Mr. Pritchett added.

& # 39; Currently, the major housing corporations control the land and only build at the rate that they will certainly sell, while maintaining the shortage of homes in the UK, so that the normal rules of & # 39; supply and demand & # 39; are not applicable. & # 39;

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& # 39; If there is a housing shortage, buyers should buy what is available instead of what they want. & # 39;

Twenty-five of the environmentally friendly homes are being built near the village of Southmoor, Oxfordshire, in a 7.7-acre project called & # 39; Springfield Meadows & # 39;

Twenty-five of the environmentally friendly homes are being built near the village of Southmoor, Oxfordshire, in a 7.7-acre project called & # 39; Springfield Meadows & # 39;

Twenty-five of the environmentally friendly homes are being built near the village of Southmoor, Oxfordshire, in a 7.7-acre project called & # 39; Springfield Meadows & # 39;

Buyers can choose to adjust the layouts, kitchens and bathrooms of their home outside of the standard template

Buyers can choose to adjust the layouts, kitchens and bathrooms of their home outside of the standard template

Buyers can choose to adjust the layouts, kitchens and bathrooms of their home outside of the standard template

Of the planned properties, eight custom-built plots have already been purchased, the remaining of which are in store for more than £ 1 million

Of the planned properties, eight custom-built plots have already been purchased, the remaining of which are in store for more than £ 1 million

Of the planned properties, eight custom-built plots have already been purchased, the remaining of which are in store for more than £ 1 million

According to Mr. Pritchett, the current planning legislation and building regulations are not favorable for the construction of low-carbon houses.

& # 39; In every sensible society, we would expect the planning system to actively encourage low-carbon homes and be tough on anyone who does not deliver the required standard, & # 39; he added.

& # 39; Instead, we have a planning system that focuses on other issues such as the number of bedrooms, the garden size and parking spaces. & # 39;

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& # 39; These are important issues, but they were found to be insignificant compared to the catastrophic implications of climate change. & # 39;

& # 39; The planning process could be the answer to the problem if someone felt that real sustainability was part of the process. & # 39;

& # 39; We think this is the first development of zero-carbon, net zero-energy homes in the country, & # 39; said Ian Pritchett, director of Ssassy Property and Greencore Construction

& # 39; We think this is the first development of zero-carbon, net zero-energy homes in the country, & # 39; said Ian Pritchett, director of Ssassy Property and Greencore Construction

& # 39; We think this is the first development of zero-carbon, net zero-energy homes in the country, & # 39; said Ian Pritchett, director of Ssassy Property and Greencore Construction

The houses to be built require virtually no heating or cooling because they are built according to the & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; model - a voluntary standard for energy efficiency derived in Germany

The houses to be built require virtually no heating or cooling because they are built according to the & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; model - a voluntary standard for energy efficiency derived in Germany

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The houses to be built require virtually no heating or cooling because they are built according to the & # 39; Passivhaus & # 39; model – a voluntary standard for energy efficiency derived in Germany

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