Climate change is a hot topic and cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are still far from where they need to be to preserve a liveable climate. This was highlighted during COP26 (the UN Climate Change Conference).
Boris Johnson was keen to stress the UK’s sustainability credentials with Building more sustainable homes being one of his biggest battles. 14% of the country’s carbon emissions coming from heating our homes alone. This stresses the need to modernise our ageing housing stock and insulating our homes in renewable ways in order to reach net zero.
By doing this we will need to embrace sustainability and also generate a large proportion of energy ourselves using solar power to heat hot water systems. However, the most sustainable homes will be powered by heat pumps, smart devices will be used to measure how much water we use, smart plugs will record how much energy we use, and motion sensors will automatically switch our energy-efficient LED lighting on and off, this will help people, to save as much energy as possible.
Below are some examples of properties that Hamptons currently sell which are at the forefront of sustainability.
The Oaks, Beaconsfield
Giles Homes presents The Oaks, an exclusive luxury development of eight 1 and 2 bedroom apartments set in landscaped communal grounds on the eastern fringe of Beaconsfield, within a 1.3 mile walk of the mainline station serving London Marylebone. The Oaks has been designed and built to an exemplary standard for the discerning buyer. The Oaks have many energy efficient features including, dedicated electric charging points, a cycle storage area and UPVC windows. This encourages the owners to buy electric cars as they emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol or diesel cars.
The Acorns, Frimley Green
The Acorns, a stunning boutique development of just four pairs of bespoke, two and three bedroom semi-detached homes with a variety of layouts and one four bedroom executive detached home. These homes offer flexible modern living including energy saving features such as car charging points, thermostatically controlled gas central heating throughout with radiators, A-rated boilers which minimise gas usage and also contains excellent eco ratings for energy and water usage, High levels of insulation with double-glazed PVCu windows, High levels of insulation within roof space to limit heat loss, LED energy efficient down-lighting to reduce electricity usage. They also have Dusk-to-dawn sensors to external lighting to save energy.
The Zero SW20 has been meticulously designed and constructed with sustainability at the absolute forefront of the developer’s mind. The vision for this unique private development in SW20, was to achieve Zero Carbon status and an A Rated energy efficient home, mainly aimed at first time buyers and with no extra purchase cost to a standard development in the local area. Occupants benefit from 40% reduction on energy bills and have the satisfaction that they are doing their bit to save the planet!
These are just 3 examples of sustainable properties we sell. We would also like to highlight that we recognise here at Hamptons that we too need to help and are committed to making a positive impact on the communities we serve, and beyond. We make sure we support the environment in small gestures from sustainable property boards to beach clean up’s and planting 150 trees to commemorate our 150 years.
We are also partnered with Just Move In, a certified B Corporation. Together, we are helping people switch to 100% renewable energy plans, planting a carbon-absorbing mangrove tree for every new customer.
So far through our partnership with Just Move in we:
• Raised over £16,692 for The Marine Conservation Society
• Planted 3,217 mangrove trees - the equivalent to removing 807 cars off the road annually
• Switched hundreds of clients to more-affordable, renewable energy plans
• Together we can help
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