A new mini-community of zero and near zero carbon homes on the site of the old steel works at Ebbw Vale look set to not only stimulate the development a low carbon built environment in Wales but also to kick-start a ‘green’ economy in the country.

The Welsh Future Homes project, launched today by Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, is a unique development of three affordable houses and a visitor centre. One of the homes has been designed to meet Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, making it a zero carbon home - the first to be achieved in Wales.

Each of the buildings are constructed from a range of locally sourced materials that demonstrate high sustainability credentials and low energy costs of as little as £50 per annum.

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