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Energy Efficient Homes

At David Wilson we create sustainable, energy efficient homes that are kind to the environment, whilst helping you to avoid unnecessary expenses. Our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. We received the 2016 Gold award for the third year in a row, as the top national housebuilder in the Next Generation Sustainability index; and, the 2016 ET Sector Carbon Leader award for ranking in the top 3 most carbon efficient company within our sector.*

David Wilson Home

Keeping the heat in and the cold out

David Wilson home

  • Loft spaces contain up to 400mm of mineral fibre insulation, reducing the loss of rising heat.
  • Our homes use the highest-rated SEDBUK condenser boilers and low heat-loss water cylinders to ensure your water stays hotter for longer.
  • All our kitchen appliances have either an A or A+ efficiency rating, while the fittings integrated into kitchens and bathrooms could save up to 25^ litres of water a day per person.
  • Energy efficient light bulbs are used wherever possible, which can reduce the energy consumption for lighting in your home by up to 75% to 80%^^ without compromising the quality and feel of the light they produce.

For more information on how we build sustainable homes, download a copy of our booklet here.

Superior insulation ensures that heat stays in your home and energy consumption is minimised. Our double-glazed windows are filled with argon gas to significantly reduce heat loss and external noise, whilst a low-emissive coating invites the sun’s heat into your home. Our homes are created with energy efficiency at the heart of their design, so it’s no surprise that they’re up to 65% more energy efficient than the same sized older home, with modern improvements. This means you could save a staggering £1,410 a year on your energy bills!**

 

Typical annual household energy spend comparison 

The chart demonstrates just how much energy you could save in energy costs whilst living in a new David Wilson home, in comparison to an average Victorian home.

Saving money whilst saving the planet

 

We typically use two thirds of our water in the bathroom and the amount wasted is astonishing. Cut down the time you spend in the shower by a minute or two and you’ll really notice the difference to water bills. Turning off the tap when you brush your teeth could save you a staggering 3 or more litres per minute.

By switching off lights and appliances in the rooms you’re not using, you could save up to £80 a year+. At night-time, try to avoid leaving mobile phones, tablets and laptops charging as they continue to consume energy even when their charge is full.

There are several ways you can save money whilst being energy efficient and doing your bit for the planet. Did you know turning the thermostat down by just 1ºC could reduce the average heating bill by up to £80^. It is unlikely that you will notice the change in temperature, but you will see the difference to your energy bill. Thermostatic radiator valves allow you to adjust a radiator’s temperature and the kitchen should be set lower than the living room, as other appliances will also give off a little heat.

 

 

Investing in communities

We understand your home isn’t just the house you live in; it’s also the community that surrounds it. With that in mind we strive to ensure that we invest in and take care of local areas across all our developments.

In 2016 we contributed circa £412 million to develop local communities, creating 113 local public spaces for residents to enjoy as well as leisure and sports facilities. The educational contributions we’ve made so far have created over 4,000 new school places in communities across the UK.

Accessibility to the communities we help foster are just as important as the developments we build.  93% of our developments are within 1km of public transport, 48% of our homes have some form of cycle storage area, and 28% of our developments have initiatives to encourage low carbon alternatives to car use, such as electric vehicle charging points, car clubs, and ‘green travel plans’.

Gardens and local wildlife

Nature is of great importance to us too, specifically protecting and preserving our UK wildlife.  Through our national partnership with the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, we’ve found ways to nurture wildlife across all our developments.

We take pride in our conservation efforts for endangered species. Breeding numbers of swifts in the UK have been on the decline since 1995. With clever solutions such as installing Swift Bricks into homes, these beautiful birds will a have safe place to nest. 

We are also helping save the British honeybee, by landscaping our green areas with bee-friendly plants and flowers. As well as making green spaces more pleasant, trees, shrubs and climbers help support local wildlife.

 

 

 

We plant an average of 20 trees and shrubs for each home we build. In 2016 across our developments, we planted or retained 638,000 of them. We also ensured that 521 hectares of land was retained as green open space or gardens for our residents, the equivalent of over 500 football pitches in size.++

These changes can also have a positive effect on your wellbeing as psychological studies claim that green spaces can reduce blood pressure and stress.  It is also suggested that green spaces boost levels of physical activity, resulting in a happier and healthier lifestyle.  Good for you and the environment too.

Keeping people safe

We know it’s important that where you live is a safe environment, so you can enjoy life at home and in your neighbourhood happy and worry free. This is why we work further to ensure safety is of the upmost importance to us too.

We respond to advice and community consultations from local residents, such as on our Wilmslow development, which contributed to building a new footpath along a road where there wasn’t one previously and widening existing footpaths in some parts as an extra safety measure. 

 

 

 

We also have many of our own initiatives to increase safety across our developments, including designing roads that encourage drivers to maintain a 20mph speed limit; and ensuring there is sufficient external lighting around our homes and neighbourhoods so you feel safe and secure. 

Within the home, our technical team have developed windows and doors that remain firmly locked from the outside, keeping your house secure. However, in the case of an emergency, their design enables a quick turn of the lock from the inside allowing for an easy exit should you need to leave your home in a hurry. Smoke alarms which are hardwired into every home, are also featured, giving you further peace of mind when it comes to protecting you and your family. 

Responsibly sourced materials

We work with suppliers who have or are working towards ISO14001 - the world’s most popular standard for environmental management.

As far as possible our timber is responsibly sourced, minimising deforestation. It’s either FSC approved (Forestry Stewardship Council) or PEFC approved (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). We always try to minimise our impact on the local and wider environment as much as we can so we use thermal and acoustic insulating materials and other substances that have a Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low or zero Global Warming Potential (GWP). This means that no harmful materials are used in their manufacture.

We work with suppliers who provide high quality, recycled materials, with 70,000 of our windows made from 14% recycled PVC.

 

Find out more on our sustainable ways of working here. 

 

 

 

 

* Awarded to Barratt Developments PLC in 2016

** Zero Carbon Hub publication www.zerocarbonhub.org/sites/default/files/resources/reports/Annual_Household_Energy_Spend_Infographic.pdf

 ^ Compared to the UK average consumption per person per day 

^^ www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Electricity/Lighting/Lighting-products/Energy-saving-light-bulbs

^ www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Heating-and-hot-water/Thermostats-and-controls

+ Energy Savings Trust 2017www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/standby-savers/

> We measure carbon in tonnes of carbon equivalent (CO2e), based on 8 hours running time per day 7 days per week, using 2015 DEFRA Carbon Conversion factors.

 

 

We strive to ensure that our day-to-day practices also reflect our commitment to sustainability. (link to new ‘Sustainable ways of working’ page) We’ve reduced plasterboard wastage by an estimated 390 tonnes over an 8 month period by right-sizing the plasterboard we use to build our homes.  Also, changes made, like those in our decorative lighting across an estimated 500 UK show homes are forecast to reduce electric carbon emissions by an estimated 682 tonnes every year.^

The results of all of this are that our new homes are not only comfortable for you but they also minimise the impact on the world we live in too.

 
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