Our homes contain a range of energy efficient features to promote sustainable living. These include lighting and appliances with the highest energy efficiency performance. The latter – from washing machines to cookers – have a minimum of an A rating with some extending to A+++. All boilers we fit are high efficiency and have Sedbuk Band A ratings, considered the most efficient by the Government’s energy efficiency best practice programme.
In 2016 we built 2,137 homes that use a form of renewable energy technology (2015: 1,338). The increase in 2016 reflects the use of district heating. Please see our Cranbrook case study. Customers are given the opportunity to purchase solar panels and photovoltaics (PV), which are highly efficient and, in some cases, have helped our customers to make significant savings on their energy bills.
We provide many of our homes with water butts, which store rainwater to be used for garden watering. Internally, the use of a range of water-saving measures – such as flow restrictor taps to basins in kitchens and bathrooms, low flow showerheads, and low and dual flush toilets – has contributed to significant reductions in water consumption with attendant environmental benefits and lower water bills. Building regulations stipulate a maximum of 125 litres per person per day for internal water use and we are now designing all of our homes to use significantly less than that.
Access guide for Persimmon's Newcastle Great Park development
Many of our homes have internal recycling facilities, to help customers to sort and recycle their waste.
We undertake a survey of the local area before starting work on any development to identify public transport options, cycle paths and pedestrian routes. This information is provided to all residents of the development and, in this way, we aim to support the Government’s objective of promoting more sustainable travel options. Please see our Newcastle Great Park and Cranbrook case studies.
We seek to align the design of our developments with the standards contained within Building for Life (co-authored by the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment, part of the Design Council; the Home Builders Federation and Design for Homes, with the assistance of Nottingham Trent University) and with the Secured by Design initiative developed by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The former includes criteria covering environment, community, parking and the general character of an area; the latter focuses on crime prevention. By taking these standards into account we aim to provide our customers with homes and communities that are safe, secure and sustainable both now and over the longer term.