Incorporating appropriate forms of renewable energy such as solar PV, solar thermal, air source and ground source heat pumps and even hydro systems which are used to deliver low cost, low carbon energy.
Whole house ventilation system
A constant supply of pre-heated air reduces the need for space heating and gives a more comfortable interior environment.
Air source heat pumps
A renewable energy source provides home heating and hot water, so no gas bills, no oil bills, no running out of fuel, no oil tanks and payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Solar PV panels
Free energy from daylight powers the heat pump technology and makes a significant contribution to your home’s energy needs while providing an annual income through the Feed In Tariff.
Walls and roofs are super-insulated with materials free from toxins often found in traditional insulations, keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer.
Efficient at providing consistent warmth without hot or cold spots and no wall space lost to radiators, this comes with closely zoned control for greater comfort.
Triple-glazed windows are highly insulated for optimum soundproofing and a warmer interior.
Lighting and appliances
Low energy lighting and minimum A-rated domestic goods throughout our homes reduce energy consumption.
We insert smart electricity meters in our kitchens to help you understand how your home uses and generates energy. You’ll see what you are paying for and what you are earning.
We conserve rainwater for re-use in the garden and fit water-efficient devices throughout the home. Permeable driveways reduce surface water run-off, better for the environment.
External letter-boxes eliminate unwanted draughts.
Careful positioning of our homes on the plot optimises renewable energy generation, natural light and solar gain and improves energy savings.
Careful room planning and full-height windows bring in maximum natural light, less artificial light reduces energy consumption and creates a greater sense of wellbeing.
The regular form of our buildings provides more internal space in relation to wall area, so greater room areas and more usable layouts, with high, vaulted ceilings for an airy interior.
We take a ‘fabric first’ approach to our buildings, ensuring a highly insulated envelope of walls, roof, windows and floor slab with overall U-values typically of 0.13W/m2 or better. Three times more insulated than a typical new home.
Upper floor construction
Cement screed floor construction reduces sound transfer between floors for a quieter environment and better thermal performance than a typical suspended timber floor.
Low maintenance, natural materials
We select exterior materials for their sustainable, low-maintenance properties from certified sources. These include FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved timber cladding and BRE (Building Research Establishment) A-rated, recycled roof tiles and breathable lime render.
We build our homes working with local businesses to support the local economy and reduce transport CO2 miles. The timber frames we use, for example, are constructed in Saffron Walden in Essex, our roof tiles at Meldreth in Cambridgeshire.
Building our homes substantially off-site in factory conditions enables us to produce highly airtight buildings through precision construction, minimising heat loss through unwanted gaps and cracks. Construction is quicker, quieter and disturbance is lower.
We use natural, breathable paints with a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content.
Cat 6 data cabling is provided throughout our homes for secure reliable data connection, so no need for Wi-Fi.
Over-sized, stratified hot water tanks supply simultaneous, constant hot water to all bathrooms simultaneously.
Dedicated services room
We create dedicated space for the building’s services, so heating, hot water, power generation, control panels, consumer units and telecoms are all in one place for your convenience.
We install a convenient, secure drop-off locker for internet and other goods delivery.
A dedicated, secure bike store for convenient cycle use.