Eight new 'affordable' properties in Barking have been completed with technology to help reduce emissions and household energy bills.

Triple glazed windows with state-of-the-art ventilation gives the flats total insulation, as well as protection from noise pollution, damp and mould, according to Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council's housing arm.

The block is part of the council’s Gascoigne neighbourhood redevelopment, one of London’s largest regeneration projects.

It has a district heating system to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent, Be First added.

“The cost of household heating is a serious cause for concern,” council leader Darren Rodwell said. “These low carbon energy-efficient homes will help reduce heating bills in a neighbourhood that fosters a sense of community and social wellbeing.”

The new housing is certified with the Passivhaus international design standard for energy efficiency using materials to make it airtight and thermally efficient.

The Gascoigne redevelopment will eventually have 2,000 homes, with 1,400 completed so far.