Mulberry Crescent in Hillingdon, West London, was constructed using Hemcrete, a blend of a lime based binder and hemp, which absorbs CO2 as part of the manufacturing process, and was designed in consultation with the resident set to move in.
Along with the use of water heating solar panels and extensive insulation, the development emits 100 per cent less CO2 emissions than a standard building and has attained five stars under the Code of Sustainable Homes.
The project is part of Hillingdon’s programme, launched in 2008, to redevelop derelict and underused spaces on housing estates that have been targeted by vandals and anti-social behaviour into affordable housing.
To date 47 new council homes have been created, including several bespoke bungalows for residents with disabilities.
Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Social Care Health and Housing, said: “This development represents a new era for social housing. Not only does it use cutting edge materials and processes to create an environmentally friendly property, it also looks at the specific needs of the resident – something that will ultimately empower them to live as independently as possible.”