D-day for Tommy

PUBLISHED: 15:39 28 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:04 28 May 2010

A NEW TV show, which follows celebrity builder Tommy Walsh as he attempts to build an eco-friendly house in the Fens for £60,000 in just 60 days, begins next week. Tommy Walsh s Eco House will be shown on Discovery Real Time on Wednesdays for 10 weeks. Wa

A NEW TV show, which follows celebrity builder Tommy Walsh as he attempts to build an eco-friendly house in the Fens for £60,000 in just 60 days, begins next week.

Tommy Walsh's Eco House will be shown on Discovery Real Time on Wednesdays for 10 weeks.

Walsh and his team worked on the two-bedroom property near St Wendreda's Church, March.

The aim of the show was to prove that environmentally-friendly homes could be built within short time frames and at a reasonable price.

Everything, from materials including window frames to recycled oak sleepers and sweet chestnut exterior cladding, has been chosen for an environmentally-friendly effect.

Fenland District Council has awarded the house a top energy rating, which has made it the most energy-efficient ever designed and built in the Fenland district.

Many eco-friendly items, including a rainwater harvester and extra-thick insulation, have been incorporated to keep running costs to a minimum, with annual fuel bills of less than £200.

The eco-house, which comes with £10,000 worth of furnishings, could be worth up to £200,000 on the open market, but it has been suggested it may be snapped up by the council to act as a showcase for builders, home owners or architects keen to reduce the carbon footprint.

Tommy will reveal the ins and outs of his eco-house project at 9pm every Wednesday on Discovery Real Time.

To see a weekly diary of the build log on to www.homebuilding.co.uk and www.tommyshouse.co.uk

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