Energy Efficient Homes
Before the first brick is laid or the first window is glazed, the environmental impact of every new property has been measured, considered and minimised.
Once we begin construction, our environmental teams monitor nearby water sources and wildlife habitats, whilst our workforce strive to reduce building waste.
All properties built by Lovell Homes are energy efficient homes. Every one represents our commitment to considered, sustainable construction and green living.
Energy efficient appliances
Cookers, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and fridges make your kitchen or utility room an expensive place - for both you and the environment. When Lovell Homes supply your new home with white goods, we always fit energy saving appliances where we can.
You’ll find that they really do make a difference. For example, a washing machine with an AA+ efficiency rating can use up to 70% less energy, and therefore costs 70% less to run, than a G rated machine.
Energy saving lighting
Old fashioned light bulbs use lots of electricity during their relatively short life, most of it wasted as unwanted heat. We only fit energy saving bulbs in our properties, as they use around 80% less electricity and last up to eight time longer. Lighting a home accounts for almost a third of a typical electricity bill, meaning the potential savings for you and the environment can be huge.
Water saving devices
It’s estimated that an average person uses over 150 litres of water in their home each day. Where possible, properties built by Lovell Homes are designed in-line with Levels 3 and 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, meaning that only 105 litres of water are used per person, per day.
We achieve this 30% saving by fitting water efficient taps, toilets and showers that deliver excellent performance without using unnecessary water.
Just 1mm of rain falling on one square metre of your roof can fill a whole litre bottle. Rather than letting it drain away, a water butt can collect this rainfall for use in your garden during dry spells. It’s estimated that during the summer, 50% of tap water used by a household is used to water their garden, a simple water butt can save a significant amount of water.
Energy efficient boilers
Traditional boilers only convert 78% of their fuel into heat. A modern, high efficiency boiler, however converts over 90%. A more efficient heat exchanger system means that a modern boiler can use up to 40% less fuel than older models - so not only will it reduce your heating bill, but an energy efficient boiler will help preserve valuable fuel resources.
Communal Bio Mass Boilers
Some of our apartment blocks benefit from communal bio mass boilers which burn wood pellets, chips or logs to power heating systems, reducing fuel bills and maintenance costs.
New homes with solar panels
A modern solar or photo voltaic (PV) panel doesn’t need blazing sunshine to work. Just as it can burn your skin on an overcast day, the sun can power solar and PV panels even when it’s cloudy outside. We build new homes with solar panels, which will produce hot water for washing and bathing whilst helping to reduce your home’s CO2 emissions - and what’s more, solar water heating will save you money on bills.
The government has decided that every home in England, Wales and Scotland should receive smart meters by 2020. A smart meter collects and monitors information about your energy use and automatically sends readings to your supplier.
The device will tell you how much you are spending as well as how much energy your home is using. This could help you identify the excess energy being used in your home and could save you up to 25% on your electricity bills. They may also help you to sell energy back to the grid - if you generate your own energy by using solar or PV panels, for example.
Energy efficient insulation
The better insulated a home is, the less money you will spend heating it. We include energy efficient insulation solutions in all our properties, including double glazing, loft, floor and wall insulation, which will reduce the heat lost in your home - and consequently, will reduce the amount you spend on fuel bills.
Every development built by Lovell Homes takes ecology into consideration. When landscaping, we plant schemes and areas to encourage wildlife and biodiversity growth, with some of our urban developments even featuring brown roofs to nuture wildlife.
Our energy credentials
Lovell is certified BS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Company and has also signed up to the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP). Many of our sites are registered to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, a voluntary code of considerate practice making sites as clean, safe, environmentally responsible and considerate to their neighbours as possible. We have experience in building homes to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, 4 and 6.