Living Villages are neighbourhoods of homes, built in clusters around a village green. The houses are orientated towards the sun for warmth and triple-insulated. High performance double-glazing, high levels of air tightness around the openings and heat exchange units enable the houses to capture and recycle the heat created within the building envelope, cutting down on both fuel bills and carbon emissions. Active solar panels for hot water heating are standard and PV panels optional. Biomass condensing boilers provide under-floor heating to ground floor and bathrooms. Mechanical heat recovery systems extract the heat from the warm moist air from the bathrooms and kitchens, and distribute it to the bedrooms and living rooms. Top-up electricity is from a 100% renewable energy supply.
Materials are natural, local and recycled. Timber is from a sustainable FSC approved source. Dust is filtered from air before it enters the house.
Organic waste is composted, non-organic waste is recycled. Rainwater is collected and used for irrigation. Houses are plumbed for water recycling. Reduced flush toilets, low flow taps and shower heads also reduce the use of water.