MoD views eco-home for Afghanistan use Friday, January 01, 2010, 07:30 Comment on this story MINISTRY of Defence officials have visited a building site near Swadlincote to find out more about new methods being used to create an environmentally-friendly house. The MoD, along with members of the Royal Engineers based at Chilwell, visited the site in Netherseal to look at the eco-home, which is being developed by Brigden Investments. It is hoped that some of the building methods used by Brigden can be applied to housing in Afghanistan. The 9,500sq ft property is designed to be sustainable and will cost only Â£150 a year to heat. A typical detached house, of 1,500sq ft, has an annual heating bill of around Â£800. The main structure of the building is being built using polystyrene blocks filled with concrete, making it bomb proof and bullet proof. Site manager John Bridges said: "Although conditions for building in the UK and Afghanistan are completely different, the process of building will be the same. We were happy to welcome the Royal Engineers on site to discuss the project. More http://www.thisisbusiness-eastmidlands.co.uk/news/MoD-views-eco-home-Afghanistan-use/article-1662823-detail/article.html?