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Green Building: Making New Build Homes Sustainable

Green Building: Making New Build Homes Sustainable

New-build homes in the UK have a strong focus on green building practices, which involve sustainable construction and features that will maintain or improve the quality of life in the environment in which it is located.

This comes after new legislation was released by the government in 2021, stating that new build homes must now produce 30% less carbon than the previous standards. Not only is it a fantastic effort to help the UK achieve net zero by 2050, but with climbing energy rates and the cost-of-living crisis, it is also a way homeowners can save money.

Luxury new build builders JVB Construction use the latest technology and innovations when undertaking a new build project. We’ve listed below just some of the ways we make sure all our luxury new build homes are adhering to the government’s green building legislation.

Sustainable Design and Architecture

The journey towards sustainability begins with the blueprint. Architects and designers adopt sustainable design principles that take advantage of natural resources. Orientation, window placement, and roof design are carefully considered to maximise natural light and reduce the need for artificial lighting. This not only reduces energy consumption but also enhances the comfort and well-being of the residents.

Energy Efficiency

The UK government has set the target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with new build homes playing a crucial role in this mission. Energy efficiency is at the forefront of green building practices, as homes are equipped with top-notch insulation, energy-efficient heating systems, and double-glazed windows. As a result, homeowners enjoy reduced energy bills.

Sustainable Materials Selection

The materials used in the construction of new build homes are carefully chosen to meet sustainability criteria. Builders are increasingly turning to eco-friendly options like sustainably sourced timber, recycled metal, and low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints. These materials reduce the environmental impact of construction and ensure that the homes are durable and long-lasting.

Water Conservation

Water conservation is a critical aspect of green building. In the UK, where water resources can be scarce, many new build homes incorporate water-saving features. Low-flow toilets, rainwater harvesting systems, and efficient irrigation practices are becoming standard, helping to minimise water wastage and lower utility bills.

Integrating Smart Technology

Many developers are embracing smart home technology to enhance energy efficiency and convenience. New build homes are often pre-fitted with smart thermostats, lighting controls, and security systems. Homeowners can remotely manage these systems, optimising energy use and reducing their carbon footprint.

Renewable Energy Sources

To further support sustainability, many new build homes incorporate renewable energy sources. Solar panels and ground-source heat pumps are common additions, allowing homeowners to generate clean energy and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. The UK’s Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive schemes incentivise the adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Green Building Certifications

Green building certifications are gaining traction in the UK housing market. Certifications like BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and Passivhaus ensure that newly built homes meet strict sustainability standards. These certifications provide homeowners with confidence that their property aligns with the UK’s green building objectives.

Sustainable New Builds from JVB Construction

For JVB Construction, as well as many other sustainably minded developers, prioritising sustainability in our construction processes is a step to securing a healthier and happier future for the environment.

If you have any questions about sustainable construction or want to enquire about a luxury new build development, please contact our friendly team today