A sustainable housing development in London is striving to create next-generation homes that reduce impact on the natural environment. 

Eden House, described as a sustainable oasis in the heart of London, has been developed by Fornacelli Homes. It comprises four mews houses and five apartments, and is surrounded by a supportive infrastructure including restaurants and shops.

Having a strong focus on sustainability, Eden House is powered by renewable energy harnessed from solar panels fitted in the roof. The 42 Sunpower solar panels can each generate 400W, which provides efficient energy to the building’s residents when they need it.

Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) will provide an ambient temperature year-round, all the properties will include an outside space, and the external and internal green walls help to purify the air and improve London’s biodiversity. 

The cladding is impressive too: a mix of cedar cladding, London stock brick and zinc cladding, while textured render which envelops the building helps to protect it, as well as reduce energy bills and carbon dioxide emissions. 

Gian-Franco Cencelli, director of Fornacelli Homes, said: “Our aim is to prove that sustainable homes can be stylish and beautifully designed. Eden House is a beacon of tranquillity a stone’s throw from London’s cultural hub. It is one of the first carbon-neutral developments in London and we are incredibly proud of the finished result.” 

Eden House is located in Crouch End, North London, and was designed in collaboration with interior design company Mood London Design. 

What are the Benefits of Sustainable Homes?

Self builders can make notable savings on their long-term energy demands, and thus energy costs, by integrating renewable technology for heat and power into their project.

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Upgrading your home’s energy rating can lower carbon emissions and tackle climate change, and also increase your home’s value by up to £25,000

Developments such as Eden House, West Carclaze Garden Village and Derwent Forest are showing how sustainable building projects can improve our living conditions and have a transformative impact on the environment. 

Wednesday’s Budget revealed the government remains committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and it plans to deliver a revolution in green housing.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed the government will introduce a Future Homes Standard from 2025, which will require up to 80% lower carbon emissions for all new homes. This, the report says, will help to bring an environmental revolution to homebuilding, tackling climate change while keeping household bills low.

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