Niche property developer Ron Beattie of Roy Williamson Properties is so ahead of the pack with his 22 zero-carbon zero-maintenance townhouses at Ecostessey Park, Costessey, Norwich, that government agency BRE (Building Research Establishment) is calling on him to help modify the sustainable housing code and offer advice to mainstream house builders.

Along with solar power water heating and photovoltaic roof panels, high insulation self-cleaning glass, and heat recovery, the two to five-bedroom houses overlooking private fishing lakes and open countryside have insulated internal partitions and external walls, which exceed current building regulations by 30%.

With the scheme’s zero-carbon rating, buyers pay no Stamp Duty and will save money on their heating bills.

Also, Beattie has sourced zero-carbon wind farm electricity from Ecotricity and invented “warm room technology.”

‘Each room is a totally insulated by independently operated 100% efficient water-filled electric radiators, which means no heat will be wasted,’ says Mr Beattie, whose last project in nearby Loddon gave buyers the option to have easy-to-move walls to change their living spaces.

Appreciating homes need to be aesthetically pleasing as well as green, Beattie uses his own dedicated building team to create light and roomy spaces. Three-storey homes at Ecostessey Park have their own garages, large balconies and floor-to-ceiling folding doors leading onto private gardens.

Prices range from £360,0000 to £470,000 and the scheme will be completed in January 2009.

For more information, contact 01508 528786; www.ecostesseypark.co.uk.