City to use environmentally friendly materials to built low cost housing
The city will be building their government subsidized homes from environmentally friendly materials and will equip them with solar thermal collectors for heating water and houses during winter. These is one of a series of measures taken by the government to built more energy efficient city, and residents are concerned that the may increase the cost of government subsidized homes.
50,000 low cost homes are allocated for low income families this year, and designs of the housing are environmentally friendly and construction materials are required to be recyclable. However the cost of using green materials is included in the cost of construction of the low cost housing, and this will definitely push up the prices of the low cost homes. Green homes are more expensive than non green buildings.
Currently low cost homes cost around 5,000 yuan per square meter, but this is still expensive for some low income families. Government rules allows families with assets of less than 320 yuan are eligible for the government subsidized housing.