We are all becoming so much more ethically and environmentally minded with our buying choices, taking notice of the products we buy, where they’re sourced from, how they’re made and the impact they have on the environment. These are important considerations when buying a house as it’s the single biggest purchase many of us will ever make. We caught up with Andrew Fox, Associate Director, Countryside, to get the inside scoop on our homes’ green credentials.
“So many of our buyers are interested in the efficiency of our homes and how much they can save on their energy and water bills in a Countryside home compared to a second hand property. This is completely understandable, especially considering buyers can save up to £1,723 per year on energy costs compared to a home built in the 1930s.
“This saving in energy and water costs is staggering but the carbon footprint of our homes doesn’t stop there. We invest so much into making sure our building methods and materials are environmentally sustainable. It isn’t just about a home’s running costs; it’s about creating homes that are built to last and have as small an environmental impact as possible.
“Last year we opened our state-of-the-art timber frame facility in Warrington – the first housebuilder to do so. It has so many benefits for our business, our people and the wider community – it improves health and safety on site, it reduces our site waste and has created training and jobs for local people. But the biggest benefit is how much it reduces our environmental impact.
“Through our timber frame production we have zero waste to landfill with 100% of our factory’s timber, plasterboard and plastic waste all recycled. We also source the majority of our timber from a supplier with exceptional green credentials, which plants three new trees for every tree that is felled. Their timber’s slow growth provides durability and a premium finish so we know we are building high quality homes that are built to last for generations.“In addition to numerous environmental benefits, our timber frames’ engineered design means it is tried and tested in a factory to guarantee its quality. It not only speeds up construction but also means greater flexibility for the internal layout for our customers. We believe timber frame is the future of high quality, sustainable homes and are proud to be leading the way.”