Sustainability: Simple steps to better homes

A ‘green home’ is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. The underlying design focusses on using as little water, energy resources and building materials as possible, and thereby creating a smaller impact on the environment.

The benefits of ‘going green’ are clear from an environmental perspective. The earth’s resources are limited and we are using more than the earth can regenerate. In 2016 we used around 1.6 times the earth’s resources.  We mustn’t underestimate that the construction and running of a residential property has a big impact on the environment. In most developed nations household electricity use generally makes up about a third of total electricity consumption.

Energy from fossil fuels consumed in the construction and operation of buildings accounts for approximately half of the UK’s emissions of carbon dioxide. Housing alone generates 29% of UK emissions, of which 82% is used for space and water heating.