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Gordon Brown's green vision realised

Gordon Brown is behind the development of three green buildings, according to a report by Emap Glenigan. The Prime Minister’s revision of the building regulations and target of carbon-free new houses by 2016 has inspired the first examples.

Gordon Brown is behind the development of three green buildings, according to a report by Emap Glenigan. The Prime Minister’s revision of the building regulations and target of carbon-free new houses by 2016 has inspired the first examples.

The Lighthouse is a two-bedroom property with solar panelling, a biomass boiler and rainwater harvesting. It will be the first carbon-free home.

The Greenhouse project is the conversion of a hostel into 172 flats, anticipated to begin next November. The building’s eco-features include ground source heat pump technology, an off-site wind turbine, thermal insulation and a roof solar system that heats water.

Castle House is a 42-storey development comprising retail units and apartments, which starts work in October. Three wind turbines will produce enough electricity to light the whole building reducing the energy cost per apartment by 40 per cent, compared to the average home because.

The construction industry is highly responsible for the 24 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide released every year, and new buildings account for almost half of it. But, the introduction of Part L in the building regulations means more developments are becoming sustainable.

A green, or sustainable, building is designed to be energy efficient and use materials that do not drain natural resources. Eco-features such as solar panels, wind turbines and green roofing are renewable, sustainable and have less environmental impact.

The development of Northstowe in Cambridge is the first of five new eco-towns on brownfield sites. A planning application will be submitted in October.