Environmental sustainability

Our focus is on creating high-quality sustainable homes and communities and on continually improving the quality of our design.

We have around 50 standard house types that are used across our developments and are designed to provide high-quality, energy- efficient homes that are straightforward, cost-effective and safe to build. Our standard house type range provides flexibility to suit different internal layout requirements and can be adapted externally to reflect local character and scheme design.  Designs can be easily adapted to meet Lifetime Homes accessibility standards where required.

Our standard house types include highly energy-efficient walls and windows, and insulated loft space. We test our homes for airtightness and use mechanical ventilation to maintain good air quality and comfort. Some developments also include additional efficiency measures such as systems for mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, waste water heat recovery and flue gas heat recovery, often in response to local authority requests.

We use energy-efficient fixtures and fittings. All appliances that we offer as standard options in our homes are at least A rated for energy efficiency. We use 100% low energy light fittings, including LED bulbs, for recessed down lights.

Secured by Design crime prevention principles are also integrated into our developments based on the local need. Following the Government’s Housing Standards Review we also introduced a range of 40 standard house types complying with the new Nationally Described Space Standard and the optional higher level of accessibility in Building Regulations.

We have extensive experience of delivering renewable energy solutions and our sites increasingly integrate some form of water saving features. Click here for examples of how we integrate sustainability into our developments.

We have comprehensive policies and procedures to ensure we use resources efficiently, reduce our carbon footprint, keep our people safe and protect or enhance the local environment on our developments.

To find out more about our commitment to environmental sustainability please read our Sustainability Report.