London's Zone 1 has its first new-build homes built to ultra-energy efficient Passivhaus standards.
Futurehome at Elephant Park is a collection of 15 townhouses built in the Victorian style in a regeneration area of Elephant and Castle, sporting bay windows and brick facades to reflect the design of the area.
The three-storey, three- or four-bedroom pads will cost you upwards of £1.495 million (but think of all the cash you'd save on Tube fare) and feature private gardens, access to rooftop areas for home-grown produce, electric car-charging points and cycle storage.
A combined heat and power energy hub will provide net-zero carbon hot water and heating – although the Passivhaus insulation and draught-proofing specifications are so tough many homes around the world built to the standards get by with the barest minimum of heating.
According to Lendlease, the developer behind the Futurehome at Elephant Park project, residents should expect to use up to 90 per cent less energy than an average home. The homes' energy efficiency rating is also 30 per cent higher than standard regulations and feature sustainable build materials.
"As the first new build homes built to Passivhaus standard in Zone one London, Futurehome marks a significant milestone for sustainable urban living," says Jonathan Emery, Managing Director of Property, Europe at Lendlease.
"Tailoring the time-honoured Victorian style to modern lifestyle need, in line with ultra-low energy standards, Futurehome provides buyers with a unique opportunity to own a highly sustainable home, set within the capital's new green heart."