A LEADING North West house builder has welcomed research highlighting that owners of new build homes will save more than £2,000 a year on their energy bills.
Penrith-based Genesis Homes has praised the Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) Watt a Save report which has revealed owners of new homes will save an average of £183 each month as a result of Ofgem’s new energy price cap.
The report reveals that new homes require approximately 105 kWh per m2 less energy use, while 85 per cent of new homes have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A or B – just four per cent of existing dwellings hit the same energy efficiency standard.
In addition, new build homes emit on average 2.2 tonnes of carbon less than older properties on a yearly basis.
Genesis Homes’ Managing Director John Blue, said: “At Genesis Homes, we are incredibly proud that we continually strive to build energy efficient homes, with all our homes built to exceptionally high standards for thermal efficiency and air tightness to reduce homeowners’ carbon emissions usage.
“Data from the industry’s most trusted association, the HBF, highlighting the financial benefits of buying new homes is very encouraging in promoting more environmentally friendly housing as the country hurtles towards its goals of all homes being zero carbon ready by 2025.
“As a company, we take our commitment to reducing our impact on the planet incredibly seriously and have been buoyed by the HBF research which proves that the homes we build significantly reduce energy use and help people save money at a time of crippling energy prices and the astronomical cost of living.”
Genesis Homes is the developer behind the pioneering net-zero carbon emitting EcoGen development in Calthwaite, Cumbria, which consists of 16 homes powered by renewable energy sources, resulting in even lower energy bills for homeowners.
‘Green’ features of the homes include: solar photovoltaic panels, battery storage units, infrared heating panels in each room, solar assisted heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points, with all technology controlled by an integrated smart home application.
John said: “The HBF report justifies the endless hours which went into researching and then adapting more sustainable approaches to housing to ensure we could launch our EcoGen project, and we’re delighted with how successful the scheme has been.
“With just two remaining available homes, it shows that there is a real appetite for more environmentally friendly housing from the public and the minimal energy bills for the homes is an added incentive.”
The significance of the EcoGen project in the development of sustainable housing was recognised last month when it received the Sustainability Impact Award at the prestigious Cowgills North West Homebuilder Awards, capping off a memorable evening for Genesis Homes which was named Homebuilder of the Year and John Blue the Rising Star of the Year.