A friend of Greenbang’s has just bought a house on the Bedzed development in
The best feature of all is the lack of central heating. A clever combination of insulation, massive South-facing windows and foundation walls that act as a storage heater in winter, makes for sufficient warmth not to need radiators, even in February. On a more prosaic note, it also gives the house a two-storey glass-fronted hallway, with upstairs inside-outside balcony and glorious sunshine throughout.
And according to current residents, the utility bills are around 10% the level you would expect in a normal house.
The only downside of the whole scheme is that Greenbang’s friend was looking forward to avoiding Stamp Duty, thanks to Gordon Brown’s eco-friendly Budget in March. Only it turns out the exemption only applies to the first sale of newly-built properties. Fine for builders thinking of taking part in the 20,000 house-building bonanza announced almost as soon as Brown took over as prime minister. But less fine for Greenbang’s friend, who will have to cough up £8500 more than he had thought.