04 Jan 2023
The benefits of choosing a new home
The freedom to design your home as you like and the long-lasting durability of the building materials are just a couple of the numerous benefits of owning a new home.
In addition to this, we are focusing and striving to deliver homes that are fit for the future, by consistently providing energy efficient and sustainable properties.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to move, a new-build home may be the ideal choice, offering the highest standards of quality and a sustainable long-term solution to saving on energy and costs.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important
Energy costs have risen substantially since last winter with the cost of gas increasing by 141 per cent, and electricity by 65 per cent, according to the House of Commons Library.
Owning a home that is highly energy efficient, incorporates renewable sources of energy and reduces increasingly expensive bills has never been more critical to maintaining a comfortable lifestyle.
How much could you save by choosing a new home?
A new energy report from the Home Builders Federation Watt A Save found that buyers of new-build homes are cumulatively saving more than £400 million a year in energy bills, as well as reducing carbon emissions by over 500,000 tonnes.
This breaks down to an average saving of £2,200 on household bills per property each year – equivalent to £135 a month for apartments and £180 per month for houses.
The financial benefits of choosing a new-build are clear, but it benefits the environment too. One of the reasons for this is that new-build homes tend to carry much higher EPC ratings than older, less energy-efficient homes.
For homes recorded in the year to June 2022, 84 per cent of new-build homes achieved an EPC rating of A or B, while less than four per cent of older homes reached the same standard.
Choosing a new home helps to protect our planet
The Home Builders Federation’s 2022 report, Cleaner, Greener, Cheaper, also outlined how new-build homes are significantly better for the environment, reducing carbon emissions by 64 per cent compared to older properties, while new-build apartments generate savings of 53 per cent on carbon emissions. Overall, owners of new-build homes surveyed saved the equivalent of 576,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in total.
Energy-saving and sustainable features in our new homes
All homes from Spitfire feature electric car charging points, and new homes also feature air-source heat pumps as standard, as well as energy-efficient LED lighting throughout and A+ rated appliances where applicable.
Fit for the future
At Spitfire, we see designing homes that are fit for the future as a necessity, with a focus on delivering efficient and sustainable places for people to call home. Crucially, during the current energy crisis, our homes provide customers with a future-proofed and sustainable solution, reducing costs and carbon emissions.
Ben Leather, managing director at Spitfire Homes:
“With rising energy costs an ever-growing concern for homeowners and purchasers, there is no question over the increasing requirement for energy efficient sustainable homes”.
“Earlier this year, Spitfire Homes, along with our parent company IM Properties, launched Sustainable Futures – a strategy outlining our commitments to delivering a more sustainable future for our customers, employees, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. One of our key commitments is the delivery of our first Net Zero ready homes by 2025, and our pledge that all new Spitfire homes will be designed to be Net Zero ready from 2030.”
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