MEMBERS of the council and others attended a talk in Kidderminster about ways to minimise greenhouse gas emissions in house construction.

Around 30 people, including both the chair and leader of the district council, attended the event at Holy Innocents Community Hall last Friday (September 6), as part of an “Energy Efficient Homes for Wyre Forest” event, organised by Green Party councillor Vicky Caulfield.

David Olivier, from Energy Advisory Associates, spoke about climate change and housing at the well attended event.

Cllr Vicky Caulfield said: “It is imperative that new homes are built to the highest energy efficient standards possible (such as Minergie or Passivhaus).

“This will not only reduce fuel poverty, as heating bills for the entire year can be as low as £100 per property, but will also cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

“Councils, such as Wolverhampton and Much Wenlock, have implemented these standards for social housing developments and I would very much like to see similar projects here in Wyre Forest.”

The council are set to launch a new corporate plan, which will look to prioritise ‘a safe, clean and green living environment.’