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London properties eco-refurbished

The Notting Hill Housing Trust has said it is undertaking eco-refurbishment of properties in Hammersmith in a move that could save its tenants nearly £1,300 a year on energy bills.

The first property revamped under the project will be an empty large Victorian terraced house. The work will be carried out by United House.

Seven empty flat conversions in Hammersmith will be next up for refit, followed by the final seven which will have tenants still in place.

Proposed features cover all elements of construction, building services, fixtures and fittings.

These include flat plate solar panels, kitchen worktops made from recycled materials, rainwater harvesting, recycling bins and low energy light fittings.

The trust said work on the scheme began in July and is expected to be completed by December this year.

It said the technology, besides cutting down energy bills, will also reduce carbon emissions at the property by over 78 per cent - equivalent of 10,000 kg of CO2 every year - and improve the energy performance rating of the building.

The refurbishment will be analysed by the University of Brighton which will publish its findings next year.