Prioritise sustainability when looking for a new home.
Sustainable homes are the way forward, so do your bit by reducing carbon emissions and energy bills.
The government is tackling climate change head on and aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68 per cent by the end of the decade, with a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
In housing terms, this means improving energy efficiency in the nation’s 27 million existing homes, and ensuring that new-builds adhere to the Future Homes Standard.
This will require them to be ultra-energy efficient and fitted with low-carbon heating such as electric boilers or heat pumps rather than gas or coal.
Although the standard hasn’t yet been implemented, house builders are already taking significant steps to deliver sustainable dwellings with reduced environmental impact. We take a look at what’s on offer.
Athena, Cambridge CB3, from £324,950
Homes in the Athena development boast the latest sustainable tech
Homes have been built to Sustainable Homes Code Level 5, with mechanical ventilation and heat-recovery systems, green roofs, aerated taps and shower heads to keep water consumption low and solar PV panels providing power.
One-bed apartments and three and four-bed houses are available. Find out more at Athena Cambridge.
Lime Grove, Tuffley, Gloucestershire GL4, from £210,000
This former school gets its heat from the ground
A Victorian former school near Gloucester is being transformed by Melt Homes into two and three-bed apartments and four and five-bed houses. All have ground source heat pumps, reducing carbon emissions by 70 per cent.
Find out more at Lime Grove Gloucester.
Marston Way, Upper Norwood SE19, from £630,000
These homes are designed to maximise natural light
These ten three-bed, three-storey south-facing terraced houses are designed to maximise natural light. They incorporate solar photovoltaic (PV) roof panels, electric car charging points and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems that provide fresh air without letting heat escape.
Find out more at Brick by Brick.
The Nook, Telegraph Hill SE14, £650,000
Larch is an eco-friendly cladding choice (Picture: Matt Gamble)
Located on the side of a hill in a conservation area, this one-off, two-bed house is clad in eco-friendly larch – which doesn’t require any chemical treatment before use – and has an uber-insulating living roof that helps to purify the air and increase biodiversity.
FInd out more at Mundays.
Willow Court, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6, from £385,000
Timber frames give this development eco-cred
Lioncrest Homes has teamed up with Paramount Timber Frame to construct eight large two and three-bed apartments. Timber is renewable, highly insulating and has the lowest carbon cost of all readily available building materials, making them more energy-efficient.
Find out more at Lion Crest Homes.
Fairbrook Grove, Faversham, Kent ME13, from £590,000
Cut your energy bills by up to 90 per cent
With high performance triple glazing, solar panels and space heating, these 14 three, four and five-bed houses, one of the UK’s first Passive House developments, can cut energy bills by up to 90 per cent.
Find out more at Strutt and Parker.
Lillie Square, Fulham SW6, from £830,000
Apartments in this modern development all have mechanical ventilation systems (Picture: Miroslav Cik)
These one, two and three-bed apartments have mechanical ventilation and heat-recovery systems. The first phase is now complete, and all homes in the second have large outdoor terraces.
Find out more at Lillie Square.
Wolvercote Mill, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2, from £750,000
Eco-friendly travel is sorted with a bike store and electric vehicle charging point (Picture: Image Creative Partnership Ltd)
Each of the three and four-bed houses in this North Oxford development benefits from its own bike store and electric vehicle charging point, and the site also features sustainable drainage and solar panels to generate electricity with surplus fed back into the grid.
Find out more at Cala.
Hayfield Green, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire OX29, from £650,000
Bespoke kitchens and bathrooms are on sale in Oxfordshire
Three and four-bed detached houses are for sale at this scheme on the site of a former WWII airfield. Heated by a low-carbon heat pump, they feature bespoke kitchens and bathrooms.
Find out more at Hayfield Homes.
Epsom Reach, Epsom, Surrey KT17, from £330,000
Sustainability a stone’s throw from Epsom’s town centre
Moments from the town centre, these one, two and three-bed apartments are kitted out with A-rated boilers and kitchen appliances and low-energy lighting. Some homes have air source heat pumps, and there are electric car-charging points in the car park.
Find out more at Shanly Homes.
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