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Boris Johnson approves energy-efficient housing scheme

A London housing scheme offering thermal insulation to residents of The Greenway on Staines Road has been given the seal of approval by mayor of the city Boris Johnson.

Catalyst Housing's latest eco-friendly initiative is looking to knock hundreds of pounds off the fuel bills of homeowners with power-saving upgrades such as a biomass boiler and underfloor heating.

Mr Johnson said it is a "fantastic project", adding: "With decent-sized energy-efficient homes, The Greenway boasts precisely the qualities I want to see in housing developments right across the capital."

Other benefits of the scheme include the installation of a system that uses rain water collected in an underground tank to lower the temperature of the building when it overheats.

During the first two years after residents have moved into The Gateway, Catalyst Housing will be monitoring their energy consumption to assess the effects of the new features.

The development is among the first of its kind taking place around London to meet the mayor's Housing Design Guidelines, which were published in summer 2009 and promote better accessibility to properties and higher environmental standards.

Posted by Simon Webster