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
+ 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.