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Couple win £5k in N&P eco-home challenge

Norfolk grandparents Colin and Margaret Williams have won the £5,000 prize in Norwich & Peterborough Building Society&#39s eco self-build competition for constructing a home with energy-saving features.

The society awarded the prize for the home that made the best use of systems that reuse household water, super-efficient insulation and double-glazing and energy-saving central heating systems.

As part of the prize, environmental group Future Forests will plant eight trees in one of its woodlands of the Williams&#39 choice to make their home carbon-neutral for one year.

The competition aimed to raise awareness of how homes can be built in a more environmentally responsible way to limit the effect of housing on issues such as global warming and flooding.

N&P estimates that around 20,000 people a year build their own homes and it predicts that this number will grow significantly in the coming years.

N&P has been offering a carbon-neutral mortgage since July 2000.

For every loan taken out, it arranges the planting of 40 trees aimed at offsetting the damage done to the environment by the average carbon dioxide emissions from a household over five years.

Managing director of surveying Graham Wood says: “Colin and Margaret&#39s home was the most environmentally-friendly that we saw. Making their homes energy-efficient saves people money and helps the environment – everyone wins. Well done, Colin and Margaret, for all their hard work.”

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