The main eco-elements of new build homes
Are you in the market for your first house? Chances are you are debating between buying a new build home or one that has been lived in previously.
While there are pros and cons with both options, often new build properties are more eco-friendly. This is because new build homes are constructed in adherence to the UK government’s latest environmental standards.
In contrast, Britain’s existing housing stock ranks amongst the worst in Europe in terms of energy efficiency due to its poor insulation which leads to heat being wasted.
Given the current energy crisis which has seen fuel prices soar across the globe, prioritising the environment has never been more important – both for the planet and our pockets.
Explore the main eco-elements of new build homes that help to make them a worthy choice for your first property.
Green heating systems
From 2025, traditional gas boilers will be banned from new build homes – although gas hobs for cooking will still be allowed. This is part of the UK government’s target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
New build homes are therefore set to champion green heating systems. These systems steer clear of finite energy sources such as fossil fuels and are instead powered by renewable natural energy sources such as solar.
One of the newest green heating technologies is heat pumps which extract heat from the ground or air outside and transfer this into the home.
Improved energy efficiency
While there is some help available for managing higher gas and electricity bills, we all want to keep our costs as low as possible. New build homes are more likely to have better energy efficiency than old properties which means you will spend less money on heating.
New build houses usually have cavity walls, an update to the solid walls of traditional British homes. Cavity wall insulation was developed to help retain more heat inside our properties.
You should also ensure that there is adequate insulation in the roof and that your windows have double-glazing as a minimum. The windows and roof are key points where heat escapes the home.
Promotion of biodiversity
Although demand still far outstrips supply, there is resistance to expanding the UK housing market due to environmental concerns.
Typically, new housing developments mean a loss of greenfield in some form, but often steps are taken to mitigate the impact that the properties have on the surrounding environment.
If you are an eco-minded consumer, look for new housing developments that encourage biodiversity and housebuilder companies that conduct extensive pre-construction ecology assessments. Some new build communities also have a dedicated wildlife area. You could even turn your garden into a mini haven for local wildlife.