THE latest energy-saving houses which are being built across the Borders have been finished in St Boswells.

Eildon Housing believes that their new Passivhaus-designed properties will require only 10 percent of the energy used by conventional households.

The revolutionary insulation incorporated into the buildings vastly reduces the energy needs for heating and hot water.

Last week the Selkirk-based housing association handed over the keys to the recently finished homes at Springfield Place in St Boswells.

And more are on the way at various developments across the region.

Nile Istephan, chief executive of Eildon, said: "More people are set to benefit from the savings as an extra 50 homes will be built using greener construction methods across the Borders in a pilot that is being run in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Glasgow School of Art.

"Construction costs, time to build, as well as feedback from tenants on their experience of living in the new greener homes, will help determine how homes of the future are built and combat fuel poverty.

"This is all part of Eildon’s strategy of delivering inclusive growth across the Borders."