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External Walls


Windows & Doors


Low Energy Lighting

Water Use

Bio Mass Heating


Rain Water

Recycling Facilities

Cycle Racks


Composting Bin

Eco Park & Pavilion

Welcome to Cross Street South/Park Street South, a very special place.

Each home and the surrounding external facilities have been carefully
designed to be very energy efficient and provide a comfortable, healthy
environment for both residents and visitors.

With our customers help we hope to monitor how successful the eco-
friendly features of the scheme are and use this information in our future
development programmes.

We are proud of this flagship, Eco Homes ‘Excellent’ rated development
and hope it will prove to be a fantastic place to live where our customers
really want to stay.

This guide has been designed to provide information about the
environmentally friendly features of the scheme, recycling facilities, and

The terraced design of the buildings ensures minimum external wall areas
and helps prevent heat loss. The majority of habitable rooms are south
facing so that the sun helps to warm the rooms in the winter. All rooms
including bathrooms and hallways have natural daylight and ventilation to
minimise the use of electric lighting and ventilation.


Wherever possible environmentally friendly materials have been used. For

     All the timber comes from sustainably managed forests. This
      includes the timber frame, doors, windows, skirtings, architraves
      and the external timber cladding.

     Recycled newspapers used for insulation.

     Kitchens manufactured from recycled chipboard.

     Flooring made of marmoleum a natural biodegradable product.

     Recyclable aluminium fascias, soffits, gutters and rainwater pipes.

     Recycled plastic decking and hand rails will last the lifetime of the
      scheme without the need for staining or painting.

External Walls

The external walls are constructed using a 200mm ‘super insulated’ timber
frame. The construction is thicker than a standard external wall and allows
for more insulation to be fitted. The insulation is manufactured from
recycled newspapers. The external cladding is acrylic render or timber
cladding from sustainably managed forests.
We have kept the use of bricks and blocks to a minimum as these
products are manufactured from mined materials and are not renewable
or sustainable.


The roofs have the same timber framed construction as the external walls
packed with recycled newspaper insulation but in addition to this the roof
covering is made of grass.

Grass roofs help in three ways. They provide very good insulation keeping
the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They replace
Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere with Oxygen and slow the rate of
rainwater running off the roof taking pressure of the local storm water
drainage systems.

Windows and doors

Windows are high performance softwood with double glazing, Inward
opening for easy cleaning and fitted with child locks. The doors are all
manufactured with sustainably managed timber and external doors are all
manufactured to ‘secured by design’ security standards.


All south and west facing windows are fitted with brise- soleil shading to
avoid excessive heat build up in the summer, whilst allowing low angle
winter sun to penetrate.

Low Energy Lighting

All of the internal and external lighting is low energy. Communal lighting
is controlled to only operate when required.

Water use

Cold water supplies have been fitted with flow restrictors to reduce water
usage. All properties have been fitted with showers that should be used in
preference to baths. All toilets are ultra low dual flush.
Rain water

Down pipes from roofs are fitted with water butts to collect rainwater. This
can be used for watering plants, washing cars and cleaning.

Storm water is collected on site in under ground crates beneath the car
park and then slowly releases into the ‘wetland’ area of the Eco Park. This
relieves pressure on the local storm water drainage system and provides
an amenity for residents and visitors.

Biomass Heating and Hot Water

All 30 homes are provided with heat and hot water from a communal
wood chip fired boiler.

The energy produced by organic matter such as wood chips is known as
bio energy and the fuels themselves as biomass.

Unlike fossil fuels, which have taken millions of years to form, biomass
fuel is made of far more recent materials like plants and untreated wood
or wood waste. This means that supplies can be replenished quickly and
easily, and in many cases using biomass will reduce the amount of wood
going to landfill.

Renewable energy technologies like biomass heating systems are a way to
save money over the long term and help prevent climate change. They
can work alongside – and help us use less – energy generated from fossil
fuels such as gas, oil and coal and unlike fossil fuels they produce little or
no net Carbon Dioxide: the harmful gas that’s one of the biggest causes of
climate change.


Each home has been provided with passive ventilation. This has the
advantage of not requiring power to operate. All dwellings require
ventilation for the health and comfort of occupants, the control of
condensation by removal of moisture and to remove pollutants and
Recycling Facilities

Each home is provided with three recycling containers for the collection of
paper and magazines, washed food tins and cans, glass bottles and jars
and tin foil. This is in line with Wolverhampton City Council’s kerbside
recycling scheme.

The houses are provided with an additional bin for garden waste.

In addition to bin stores for non-recyclable waste there are two recycling
bin stores provided for the local authority collection scheme. Residents
can empty their recycling containers into these.

Details of Wolverhampton City Council’s two house hold waste and
recycling centres have been provided within the customer information
packs supplied at handover.

Cycle Racks

Cycle storage has been provided at two locations within the scheme.
These provide sheltered secure storage for bicycles and we encourage our
customers to make use of these facilities in preference to the car
whenever possible. It keeps you fit and healthy and helps the
environment too.


Allotments are provided for customers to grow their own fruit, vegetables
and herbs. If you are interested in being part of the allotment team please
contact your Housing Manager or Scheme Caretaker.

Composting Bin

Adjacent to the allotments we have provided a composting bin for garden
and non – cooked kitchen waste along with scrunched up newspaper and
brown cardboard (not too much of this though). The resulting compost
can be used on the allotments and other soft landscaped areas within the
Eco Park & Pavilion

The communal garden includes a pavilion and ‘Eco Park’. The pavilion
provides a communal meeting space for formal, informal and chance
meeting of neighbours as well as space for organised communal events
and exhibits. The Pavilion is a communal facility and we encourage
customers to take responsibility for this common space and encourage
participation from residents in the organisation and use of the Pavilion and
open spaces.

Access and use of the Pavilion may be made by arrangement with the
Housing Manager or Scheme Caretaker.

The Eco Park comprises a permanent pond with public art fountain,
Wetland, decked patio, board walk and pathways shaded by pergolas. The
entire park has been planted with native species and wetland planting to
increase the number of different species of plants, insects, birds, animals
and aquatic life within the communal gardens. This is a valuable amenity
for residents and visitors to the scheme and we hope it will be used and
enjoyed for the leisure and education of the community.

A more detailed technical account of the ‘landscape strategy’ for the
scheme can be provided on request. Please speak to the Housing Manager
or Scheme Caretaker.

If you need more detailed information please contact:

Housing Manager: Heather Brunsdon – 07769 968114

Scheme Caretaker: Wayne Spencer

Bromford Group hope you enjoy your stay on our Eco Scheme, whether
you are living here or just visiting.
Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital
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Telephone: 01902 307 999

In an emergency call 999

1) Cross St South/Park Street South A guide for Residents and Visitors

2) Meter Readings

3) Location of Important Items

4) Local Hospital Accident & Emergency Details

5) Pond Safety

6) Waste Collection and Recycling

7) Bus Routes and Times

8) Local Amenities

9) Energy Saving Trust information
      Commit to save your 20%
      Choosing your products
      Are you overheating?
      Keeping your heat in
      How’s your driving
      Have you looked at the alternatives?

10) Electricity Saving Tips

11) Water Saving Tips

12) Biomass Heating

13) Sustainable DIY

14) Links references and further information
Links References and Further Information

Bromford Housing Group

The Energy Saving Trust

Electricity Guide  

Water Guide        

Green Choices      

Travel West Midlands

Wolverhampton City Council