We have an excellent track record of building high quality new homes that are comfortable, highly energy and water efficient, and which aim to improve our customer’s quality of life. In choosing a new home from Countryside Properties you are reducing your environmental footprint and saving money which at this time of ever increasing utility costs is important.
Today the world's attention is firmly placed on combating climate change. Around 25% of the UK's carbon emissions are generated in homes and in Britain on average, £1 in every £3 spent on energy in older homes is wasted immediately. However, a new home from Countryside Properties is on average 6.5 times more energy efficient than one built just 30 years ago.
Our developments contribute to a higher quality of life by protecting the environment, promoting social cohesion and strengthening the local economy. In addition, our new homes are well designed, comfortable, safe and adaptable, and wherever possible they are constructed from materials that have a reduced impact on the environment.
In recognition of this we have received more than 100 awards for sustainability since 2000.
The Environment and the Code for Sustainable Homes
We are reducing our environmental impacts by measuring our schemes against the Building Research Establishment’s EcoHomes rating scheme. EcoHomes is an authoritative rating for new home developments. It sets out a series of best practice criteria, against which the new developments can be assessed. Each development is rated on the basis of Pass, through to Good, Very Good and Excellent. One to four sunflowers depict these.
The Fishing Village has an EcoHomes rating of Very Good.
EcoHomes considers the broad environmental concerns of climate change, resource use and impact on wildlife, and balances these against the need for a high quality of life, and a safe and healthy internal environment. The issues assessed are grouped into seven categories including: energy, transport, water, ecology and land use, pollution, health and well being, and materials. Ecohomes offers our customers the benefits of reduced costs through superior energy and water efficiency, and reduced maintenance, as well as comfortable, healthy, and flexible internal living space. It therefore helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which in turn safeguards the environment.
The Code covers nine categories including: energy and CO2 emissions; water; materials; surface water run-off; waste; pollution; health and well being; management and ecology. The Code ensures that new homes are designed and built in advance of current building regulations.
To find out how easy it is to cut costs around the house - and help the environment – visit http://www.countryside-properties.com/interactive-house
To calculate your personal carbon footprint visit http://carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk/
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