Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Show Homes Open Door For Greener Future

Homebuyers can pick and choose their way to a greener lifestyle after show homes equipped with a range of optional energy generating and efficiency finishes opened their doors.

Prospective purchasers at a new Cambourne development can choose from a range of green extras when they buy off-plan, in exactly the same way that they can customise and upgrade kitchens, bathrooms and other aspects of their new home.

Solar panels, innovative heat recovery ventilation systems, recycling facilities, smart metering, sustainable flooring, eco-paint and low energy appliances are just a selection of the green options available in some homes.

Samples and annotated wall art have been designed into the showhomes to demonstrate where each of the optional extras are, with detailed information explaining the energy saving credentials.

Even the gardens are a working example of greener living, with some having options for rainwater harvesting, raised vegetable beds and bird, bat and insect boxes.

These elements combined could save homeowners hundreds of pounds each year in utility bills and significantly reduce the consumption of natural resources.

The properties already boast high environmental qualities as standard, but the enhanced options will allow homebuyers to get the most out of their new property by choosing further green technologies that make their home more healthy, comfortable, sustainable and cheaper to run.

The sustainable energy options available were required as part of the planning permission that South Cambridgeshire District Council gave for the 950 homes currently being built in Upper Cambourne.

Cllr Ray Manning, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “In light of recent and predicted increases in fuel prices, it is great to see this new development giving a range of options for homeowners so they can go green and possibly cut their bills from the outset. These innovative features on offer will also make sure people’s homes are warmer and more comfortable to live in.”

Stacy Dornan, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “As a considerate, responsible housebuilder, we at Taylor Wimpey are committed to improving environmental sustainability in the homes we build. We are delighted to be able to offer a fantastic range of eco-friendly options to purchasers at our Cambourne developments, giving them the opportunity to live a greener lifestyle while enjoying significant potential savings on their utility bills.”

Beryl Williams, area sales manager for Bovis Homes, said: “Cambourne is one of the jewels in our crown in the east of England, and the sustainability features we offer here are proving to be extremely popular with customers. Homebuyers are increasingly recognising that buying a new-build home gives them distinct advantages over those who look to the second-hand market. With the latest insulation materials and modern sustainability features they could be feeling cosy and warm in their new home while saving money and doing their bit for the environment. It's a win-win-win!"

The new homes are all designed to national standard Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, exceeding current building regulations and ensuring the properties minimise their impact on the environment, reduce energy consumption and are cheaper to run.

Prices for the homes at Cambourne range from £194,950 for a two-bedroom home to £399,950 for a five-bedroom. For further information and to register your interest visit the homebuilders’ websites.