Our approach
sustainability

Future proofing our homes and developments

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We invest in research and development (R&D) to help us meet changing customer needs, prepare for regulation, improve efficiency and respond to social, demographic, economic and environmental trends. Our R&D Manager coordinates our research efforts. In 2019 (the last year for which data is available), we allocated 249 days to R&D projects.


Current research projects include:

Environmental innovation grant

We have launched an internal environmental innovation grant scheme, enabling our regional businesses to apply for small grants to help them test new approaches to reducing our environmental footprint. The first grant applications are now being reviewed. 
Development

Post-occupancy research helps us to improve our homes and developments.

Recent examples include:

• Research with the Wildlife Trust to understand the relationship between placemaking, green infrastructure, biodiversity and resident satisfaction

• Post occupancy evaluation on homes in our Whitehill & Bordon development looking at the performance gap between the ‘as designed’ and ‘as built’ performance of new buildings including energy and water efficiency of buildings and comfort levels (temperature, humidity, CO2) in occupied areas. This based on the Assured Performance Process developed by The National Energy Foundation

• An evaluation of our Project 2020 prototype builds. This assessed: electricity usage and CO2 levels, and we also conducted some qualitative research on in-use performance. The results have been analysed together with pre-occupancy research covering construction waste, air tightness testing and thermal imaging