The 76-home WedZED scheme, which has just gone in for planning, has been drawn up for the Matrix Housing Partnership - a joint venture between the Accord, Ashram, Caldmore, Rooftop and Trident housing associations.
Echoing some of the main features of the groundbreaking BedZED development in Surrey, the scheme will feature super-insulation, solar panels, wind turbines, a central wood-chip boiler, passive solar-heated 'sunspaces', and the city's first 'pay-as-you-go' car club for residents.
According to a spokesman the scheme 'will produce very low levels of carbon and be fully upgradable to become 100 per cent carbon neutral in the future.'
Project architect Chris Wilford said: 'We have created a building which will be seen from the main road into Wolverhampton as a symbol for a low-carbon future: a future with lovely sunlit homes, warm in winter and cool in summer; with low-energy principles and a network of sustainable initiatives to help a good community spirit grow and flourish.
'The Wednesfield Road elevation is strong and protective against the sounds of the city, yet the building opens up around a south-facing courtyard to offer quiet, sunny and secure outdoor terraces and gardens for the residents and their families,' he added.
The scheme is expected to complete in 2009.