New build properties: The future of sustainable homes

As the world increasingly prioritises sustainability, the construction industry has already
implemented measures to minimise its environmental impact. At the forefront are new build
properties, which showcase energy-efficient technology and are designed with conservation in mind.

Here we explore some of the main reasons behind why new build homes are the way forward and how they are improving sustainability.

Close proximity to transport links

One of the largest contributors to global warming is the use of vehicles, specifically petrol- and
diesel-powered cars. While electric cars are growing in popularity, it is still too soon for everyone to
make the change. That is why it’s necessary to try to get people to use public transport where

A high proportion of new build properties are strategically located close to transport links, reducing
the need for personal vehicles to constantly be on the road. Whether this be for trains, buses, or
trams, it encourages people to choose eco-friendly transportation options and reduce their carbon

Improved water conservation

New builds are prioritising saving water in the home through a variety of features. As an example,
restricted tap flows help to reduce water usage by providing a consistent water flow at the right
temperature and pressure, while dual flush toilets use up to half as much water per flush.

In some properties, you’ll find rainwater harvesting systems and draught-resistant landscaping,
especially those that come with gardens. All of these features minimise water waste, lessening the
strain on local resources. They also save the homeowner money on their water bills every month.

Sustainable building techniques

Modern properties often utilise sustainable building techniques like off-site construction.
Prefabrication and modular construction processes not only reduce the time needed to build the
homes but they also reduce waste produced and the need for manual labour.

In addition to this, developers are now using reclaimed or recycled building materials like clay brick,
cellulose, and cork. This helps to reduce the overall environmental impact while ensuring a structure
that will hold.

Energy-efficient appliances

New appliances typically come with improved energy efficiency ratings. Fortunately, new builds are
fitted with these energy-saving appliances, which include boilers, washing machines, and

Smart thermostats are also used to automatically adjust the heating in the home if it gets too hot or
cold and allow you to control your home’s hardware remotely when needed. This ensures you never
waste energy by forgetting to turn your heating off before leaving the home.

Energy-efficient lighting also contributes to lower energy usage without compromising on lighting
quality in the home. These features all work in unison to lower energy consumption and reduce
utility bills.