Caring about the environment
Belgrave Homes prides itself on being a local company that truly cares about it’s new homes, the local area and the environment.
Homes which have been built to support the environment.
Modern new homes – warmer, greener and efficient
When you buy a Belgrave Homes property you’ll be the proud owner of a high quality, new home that has been built to support the environment. We aim to ensure that it will be warmer, greener and more energy efficient to run.
Energy efficient homes
Our new homes contain a range of energy efficient features and renewable technologies that can save money. From smart ways to save water and keep your home warm to energy efficient appliances. All these help save the planet, and significantly reduce household energy usage, with an average saving of over £3,100 a year on a new build house.*
All our windows are double-glazed and have trickle vents to help to control the airflow and maintain good indoor air quality without losing warm air from inside the home.
Zoned heating throughout your new home means that you can control the heating in different areas of the property . Thermostatic valves on radiators enables control of individual room temperatures, which helps to save you money by allowing the temperature of different areas of the home to be varied.
Belgrave Homes install up to 400 mm of loft insulation and fully fill our cavities, to ensure the heat and warmth doesn’t escape.
The average UK water usage is about 140 litres per person per day. Our homes are generally designed to use a maximum of 110 litres of water per person per day, so we can all help the environment, while helping the homeowner spend less. Our taps are also fitted with flow restrictors which produce a consistent and soft flow of water. This will also reduce your consumption of water and lower your water bills. We always choose dishwashers and washing machines that are water efficient.
Our electrical appliances are selected for the amount of energy they use. The lower the kWh (kilowatt hours) consumption, the more efficient the appliance is and the better it’s rating is. We also install low energy light bulbs to all our homes.
Our homes are air-pressure tested to comply with Building Regulations and usually achieve 50% better than the requirements. This process calculates the air tightness of a building, and ensures our homes are energy efficient, locking in heat and warmth.
We provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) containing information about the property’s predicted energy use and typical energy costs. Most of our homes are A or B rated for energy efficiency. This gives customers complete peace of mind in the energy efficiency performance of their new homes.
Rigid under floor insulation is installed on the ground floor, which with the loft space insulation will decrease your heat loss. The walls also have an enhanced thermal grade insulation to help retain heat and reduce sound.
Our windows are double-glazed and have an argon gas trapped between the two panes to create an enhanced insulation barrier. They are also fitted with trickle vents to provide controlled ventilation and use energy efficient glass to improve their thermal value.
Solar and/or PV panels are fitted to some of our properties. These homes can generate their own electricity and hot water supply from sunlight. This solar energy is free, clean and safe.
Solar and/or PV panels can reduce the need for conventional electricity or gas power and can help reduce your carbon footprint as well as your energy bills. It is an environmentally friendly product that does not produce any waste or pollution.
We take great care in the construction of our new homes and try to reduce air leakage as much as possible. This helps to provide an airtight envelope which will increase energy efficiency and eliminate cold draughts.
Conservation of water
The use of dual flush toilets and the installation of flow restrictors to baths, sinks and basins reduce the unnecessary usage of water.
Water butts are supplied on selected developments to provide a readily available supply of rainwater for garden use or car cleaning. This will help to reduce your water bill if you are using a metered mains water supply.
We are committed to a greener and more environmentally friendly way of doing things. Reducing our impact on the environment is very important to us.Our commitment to sustainability covers every aspect of our business.
Our office has photovoltaic panels, low energy lighting and additional loft insulation installed to reduce our energy demand. We encourage our staff to cycle and walk to work.
We design our homes to be energy and resource efficient to live in. We work with our suppliers to source sustainable materials, and with our sub-contractors to minimise the environmental impact of our construction sites. Our aim is to use more sustainable and recycled materials in the homes we build, to reduce waste from our sites which all improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.
– Our site demolition waste is being recycled and reused on site which helps to reduce lorry journeys.
– Most of the bricks and blocks that we purchase are BES 6001 certified (the standard for responsible sourcing of construction products).
– The glass mineral wool insulation supplied by Knauf, is made from recycled glass bottles.
– Most of the timber that we use is FSC or PEFC certified.
– Recycled uPVC is used in our window frames, cavity closers and other products.
– Our kitchens interior cabinets made from at least 50% recycled chipboard.
– Some of our sites are using recycled aggregates, recycled concrete blocks and using crushed concrete for road bases and pipe bedding, reducing waste.