A HOUSE builder is constructing an eco-friendly property.

Anwyl Homes has started work on a sustainable new house that will shape its future designs.

The gas-free property named The Evergreen is being built at The Fairways development, in Handforth.

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It’s the first of its kind for the developer and will be built to meet the proposed Future Homes Standard, which will require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.

The standard will be introduced by 2025.

Phil Dolan, managing director for Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “This project will provide vital information for our build and technical teams as we look towards the future of house building.

“It’s a big step towards us becoming a more sustainable developer and is a realistic look at what will be expected of the industry in the near future.

“It will function as a real home and be lived in by one of our customers.”

Building regulations are already due to change from June 2023 and new homes will be expected to produce 31 per cent less carbon emissions than is currently acceptable.

Anwyl’s Evergreen home goes much further than those requirements.

The Evergreen will be fully electric and be heated by an air source heat pump with under-floor heating, keeping the house totally off the gas grid.

It will also include an insulated 200mm cavity in all external walls, compared to the current 100mm, and feature triple glazed windows with better draught excluding capabilities.

To combat the potential of over-heating, centralised mechanical ventilation will be installed.

The Fairways is a development of one to five-bedroom homes, featuring a selection of apartments, semi-detached and detached homes close to the centre of Handforth.