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Eco houses with thermal insulation opened in Bicester

A £3.3 million housing project using thermal insulation to reduce fuel poverty has been opened in Bicester by a local MP.

Sir Tony Baldry unveiled the 23 new eco homes, which were constructed following funding from the Cherwell District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, the Green Building Press reports.

The properties are a mixture of rented and shared ownership accommodation and feature a range of energy-saving fixtures such as solar panels, triple-glazed windows, rainwater harvesting and insulation.

Mr Baldry stated he has been following the initiative from the beginning and finds the final result "very impressive".

He was quoted as saying: "By building these properties to a high environmental standard with a number of energy-efficient features, residents are set to benefit from lower utility bills."

Mr Baldry announced the opening alongside ten-year-old Joseph Tassell, who last year won a competition organised by the council with his solar panel design.

The developments have been constructed in accordance with levels four and five of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which is two levels higher than the current standards for new-build houses.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins