26 Nov '14, 1pm

Take a stroll down the UK's first carbon-negative street:

Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation , lime render, and sustainable timber. In addition to creating a solid structure that helps lock in CO2, these materials are largely recyclable or biodegradable if and when the buildings are not in use. The architects have oriented the houses to the south to maximize natural light and allow the sun to heat the interior of buildings. Each roof is also equipped with photovoltaic panels , and the electricity demand for the street should be covered on-site. The building feature a high degree of thermal insulation, so their heating requirements should be easily covered by a communal biomass boiler that runs on recycled wood pellets for fuel. A rainwater harvesting system collects water from all the rooftops and directs i...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/residents-move-into-sinclair-meadows...

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