'Green' homes offer cool designs, sustainability and cost savings

Posted 20 September 2016 by Ben Salisbury

Environmentally friendly homes are not just good for the planet, they feature the latest new designs, require less maintenace and give lower heating costs

New homes that have environmentally friendly features are very common these days with wide acceptance amongst the industry and homebuyers that eco-friendly homes are important for a number of reasons.

Probably the most important reason is to reduce the amount of consumption of the planet’s raw materials that producing new homes requires and to try and lower the carbon footprint we leave behind.

But producing homes in a sustainable manner is also a way of incorporating clever ideas and design and to reduce the ongoing costs of heating and maintenance for the household while they are living in the home.

There are a host of innovative ideas being used by housebuilders and suppliers in the construction of and fittings for new homes and from windows to water usage, nearly every feature of a new home can be tailored to be eco-friendly.

However, not all eco-homes that feature environmentally-friendly and sustainable living options are the same. WhatHouse? picks five of the finest examples of new ‘green’ homes. All of these homes have been nominated across various categories for the WhatHouse? Awards 2016.


Brackenbury Grove, London, (One Housing)

Brackenbury Grove (One Housing)Brackenbury Grove is a secluded gated development in a tranquil setting in West London and was constructed on the site of a disused industrial workshop. The homes are available to buy through Shared Ownership.

The homes’ interior design features great attention to detail and sustainability has been at the forefront throughout the creation of Brackenbury Grove. The development has 110 solar PV panels on the roof of the central building that generate clean, renewable electricity for the whole development.

Brackenbury Grove also has three bike storage zones across the site that encourages residents to cycle rather than drive. Many of the homes within the development incorporate smart home technology, enabling users to control heating and lighting from their mobile for maximum efficiency. The buildings have all attained an average EPC rating of 83, band B, well above the average of 60, band D and have achieved excellent energy performance results overall.

Prices: From £525,000

Find out more at www.brackenburygrove.co.uk


Repton Grange, Bristol (Lovell Homes)

Repton Grange (Lovell Homes)This development of starter homes in Brentry, near Bristol uses a strategy that follows the ‘People, Planet, Profit’ mode, whereby Lovell Homes develop based on an action plan that uses sustainable practices wherever possible.

This development contributed to sustainable development with respect to natural resources and waste. Measures were put in place to reduce and recycle construction waste by using a segregated skip system which allowed Lovell Homes to divert 92% of the waste to landfill.

Materials used in the construction were selected with their environmental impact in mind by choosing materials from the BRE Green Guide to Specification and all timber was certified from a FSC approved source.

The buildings also benefit from low U-values, high-performance glazing, energy-efficient boilers and low-energy lighting.

Prices: From £235,000

Find out more about Repton Grange from Lovell Homes


The Blenheim, Flintshire (Redrow Homes)

The Blenheim (Redrow Homes)This premium five-bedroom detached property successfully combined the best of the old and new, with a traditional Arts & Crafts influenced exterior with modern sustainable features and building techniques.

The home delivers improved energy efficiency through siting, design and orientation, water conservation measures, energy-efficient lighting and through the use and resourcing of building materials and on-site waste management and recycling.

Other ‘green’ options include solar panels, compost bins and water butts, all offered as optional extras. All light fittings are highly energy efficient with electrical appliances specified as ‘A-rated’ or better.

Prices: From £669,995

Find out more about The Blenheim at Hartford Grange at Redrow Homes


The Devonshire, Aberdeen (Dandara Ltd)

The Devonshire (Dandara Homes)The Devonshire is an exclusive, executive luxury home in a bespoke development in Aberdeen’s West End. It is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom property providing a substantial family home.

The home is highly insulated and fitted with thermally and acoustically efficient double-glazed uPVC windows. Central heating and hot water is provided by an energy-efficient, gas-fired condensing system boiler with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and thermostatically controlled radiators on the first floor.

Although the use of renewable energy sources is encouraged, it is not at the expense of good design. The design and construction of the property uses passive energy-efficient measures to achieve a 15 to 20.1% carbon reduction without the use of low/zero carbon technologies.

The property also has low CO2 emissions that meet current building standards and uses energy-efficient white goods with A/A+ energy ratings and a wide range of water-saving devices.

Prices: POA

Find out more at www.dandara.com ; 01224 310178


Oakhill Park, Putney (London Realty)

Oakhill Park (London Realty)​The aim of this development was to create an attractive place to live in with a much reduced environmental footprint. The new building has been designed to achieve high energy efficiency, energy saving and environmental sustainability.

A geothermal renewable energy source was chosen to achieve high sustainability. These Thermia heat pumps have been developed in the Nordic region and use the latest technology and are much smaller than in the past and very efficient using ‘hot gas technology’, enabling lower running costs and constant hot water.

The energy efficient heating has been combined with high levels of insulation in the fabric of the building and innovative window design which creates excellent acoustic properties and high-specification glass to reduce solar gain.

Prices: From £835,000

Find out more at www.oakhillpark.co.uk


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