A brand new home is four times more energy efficient on average than an older one.
Choosing a new home is a big decision for you, your family - and the environment. Buying a new Bovis Home could be your first step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
New homes present one of the best opportunities to reduce the energy consumption associated with modern lifestyles. A new home built to 2006 regulations will use a remarkable 40% less energy than an equivalent home built new in 2002. New homes are also capable of halving carbon emissions from around 8.5 tonnes to 3.7 tonnes per annum. They have built-in water saving features and use recycled, renewable and environmentally friendly materials wherever possible. Every new home needs an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to show its level of energy efficiency.
Improved insulation and robust windows and doors help keep out the draughts and retain the warmth. Modern central heating systems reduce the amount of energy used to heat the home which not only helps save on carbon emissions but can lead to lower fuel bills too!
At Bovis Homes, we make sure each development is designed carefully to blend in with its local environment but also to maximise natural light within the home. This helps avoid too much reliance on additional lighting with a corresponding reduction in energy consumption.
Various devices such as dual flush toilets and energy saving light bulbs also help us commit to a more eco-friendly way of living.
Bovis Homes takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, considering the use of recycled materials wherever possible and aiming to increase the proportion of new homes built on previously used land.
What can you do to help?
Reduce, Re-use and Recycle!
How energy efficient is your home?
Energy ratings tell you how energy efficient a home is. New homes already have an energy rating applied to them but UK and EU legislation means that they will soon apply to all homes.
Ask your sales manager about SAP ratings.
There are two main energy ratings within the UK - the SAP rating and the NHER rating.
SAP - is the standard assessment procedure - the government's recommended system for the home energy rating. The SAP energy cost rating is based on energy costs for space and water heating only. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the home and the lower the corresponding fuel bills will be.
How SAP ratings compare to the A-G scale
1 to 20 G
21 to 38 F
39 to 54 E
55 to 68 D
69 to 80 C
81 to 91 B
92 or more A
A typical SAP for an average home in England is about 45. New homes should generally exceed 90.
Note: The rating scale is 1-120 for most new homes currently being built but those built to regulations after April 2006 will be rated on a 1-100 scale. Please see your sales manager for further information.
NHER - the national home energy rating takes account of the local environment and the effect it has on the building's energy rating. The NHER calculates the costs of space and water heating but also adds cooking, lights and appliances to give a comprehensive picture of energy usage in the home. The NHER was first used in 1983 and a simplified version became known as SAP.