With COP26 coming up as a reflection on the environmental impact we are having on the planet, and more houses needed to sustain our growing population, it’s important to consider the ways in which we can reduce the impact within our industry through responsible planning and building.

Energy-efficient as standard

At the end of 2019, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick unveiled plans to set a new standard for new build homes. In its announcement, he stated: “I am requiring carbon emissions are cut by up to 80% from 2025 for all new homes and have published a National Design Guide, setting out simply what we expect from new development.” In addition to ensuring all homes are thoughtfully designed and sympathetically built, eco-developments in the materials commonly used by the construction industry would mean these homes are increasingly well insulated.

When the weather gets cold enough to put the heating on in your new build, another point to note is that fossil fuel heating systems are soon to become dinosaurs of the past, with no new installations permitted after 2025. These changes all point at a shift towards more energy efficient homes, producing greener energy with clean technology, such as solar panels and air source heat pumps.

Greener transport links

As remote working becomes a more accepted way of life, many people are cutting down their commute and in turn reducing their carbon footprint. But, even for those who will be returning to the office for part of the week, new developments should be providing accessible routes for their residents. Whether your planned development is linked by bus or cycle path it is something that is considered and encouraged when selecting a site for new homes. Offering safe, well-lit and purpose-built foot and cycle paths allows people to make eco-friendly choices with ease. Where links are efficient and well planned you can even encourage more one-car households – a real triumph for the climate change battle!   

All ecosystems go!

Green spaces within developments are so much more than just aesthetically pleasing, but are becoming a vital part of the planning process. By ensuring that eco-systems are supported, and protected offers developers the advantage of a smoother route to planning permission being granted. By thinking about how you plan to conserve and encourage wildlife and investing in landscaping and planning for the local environment you will ultimately be saving time and money in the planning permission process.

Investing in green space and surrounding eco-systems has even further-reaching benefits, as reported by the Government in 2016 “having a view over a green space or water boosted house prices by an extra 1.8% – an average of £4,600.”

As well as increasing biodiversity and reducing flooding, green spaces are known to be good for enhancing health and wellbeing. So for every happier, healthier end-user, you also get a happier, healthier environment!

New build homes are already known for their superior energy efficiency, but there is so much more to consider when planning a new project keeping the environment in mind. With the global threats of rising sea levels, forest fires and failing crops, our planet’s health has become a major factor in many buying decisions — from sandwich fillings to cars. So, when planning a new development project, it is more important than ever to consider how new build homes and their infrastructure can reduce our overall effect on the environment, and ultimately help to sell our houses as an answer to climate change, rather than a contributor.

Our expert builders at Clarity homes and commercial are here to discuss your building project in Kent and Sussex. Please call us on T: 0330 128 1021 or email: enquiries@clarityhc.co.uk