Eco-friendly homes

More than 550 residents are moving into new energy-efficient housing thanks to a partnership between energy provider E.ON and housing developer Barratt.

Instead of getting gas from the National Grid, the residents at the development at Dalston Square, Hackney, east London, will be supplied by a community heating network, which could reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent and cut heating and hot-water bills by up to 23 per cent.

Dalston Square’s development of residential retail units and a public library will be supplied with heat from an on-site energy centre powered by gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, along with biomass boilers and gas-fired back-up boilers, providing 5MW of heating and hot water and 185KW of power.

Each home or business is equipped with a heat meter to measure the amount of heat delivered rather than the amount of gas used. Equipped with smart technology, the meters are read remotely and residents will receive a monthly bill in the normal way.

Residents will receive electricity via the National Grid; however, the library and retail units will receive electricity generated in the energy centre through the CHP units.

Under an Energy Services Company (ESCo) agreement, E.ON Sustainable Energy Solutions will manage and operate the decentralised energy centre.