The £4m project involved the construction of 19 eco-friendly, five-bedroom properties on behalf of Oldham Council, which has agreed to buy the scheme.
The development by regeneration and energy specialist Engie is located on Ashton Road and Lee Street in Primrose Bank, Oldham. Each property has been designed to feature renewable energy equipment including photovoltaic solar panels and modern electrical heating, intended to cut carbon emissions and dependence on the National Grid.
The equipment also include includes ‘Economy 7’ technology for hot water and thermal store water, battery storage and modern storage heaters, enabling the homes to store grid electricity when it is not being used.
The homes also have dedicated wi-fi units that monitor energy usage, controlling the source provision to ensure the most effective use of renewable and stored energy for residents. The smart technology has been fitted as part of a European Union-funded project called RED WoLF (Rethink Electricity Distribution Without Load Following), of which Oldham Council is a partner.
Said Steve Gregory, head of new build at Engie UK & Ireland (North West): “It’s been great to continue our partnership with the council and build on the regeneration of the area that Engie has been involved with for a number of years.
“We’ve safely and successfully delivered all 19 houses and created a thriving new neighbourhood of affordable accommodation for families in the town.”
And Cllr Hannah Roberts, Oldham’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This type of low-energy home is exactly what Oldham, and the country, needs now and in the future.
“We were lucky to receive funding as one of six pilot schemes to be able to provide all the technology, and long-term funding is vital to be able to build more homes like this to support our ambition for a carbon neutral borough by 2030.”