Off-street parking, good transport links and excellent local schools were once at the top of the list for prospective home buyers. Let’s face it – they still are! But new research carried out by estate agent Jackson-Stops found that out of the 2000 people they surveyed, 21% felt it was more important to reduce CO2 emissions when buying or renting a home than living within one mile of transport links.
What’s more, 22% of those questioned specified energy efficiency as something they wanted in their next home – with electric car charging points and energy efficient appliances coming out top.
This is especially relevant following the government’s proposed legislation whereby all new build homes in England will have charging points.
Head of land & new homes at Jackson-Stops for the south-west, James Gibbs, said: “Zero carbon developments are growing in popularity. In recent years, Jackson-Stops has been appointed on several high-profile schemes including Holland Park in Exeter, which was one of the first zero carbon developments in the south-west. House hunters have an increasing desire for homes with energy efficient appliances and we have found that housebuilders are responding to this buyer demand.”
Elmhurst Energy Consultancy is pleased to hear about the surge in demand for energy efficient homes as well as the government’s response to incorporating certain features into the fabric of new build homes. The company has been conducting SAP and SBEM calculations for over 25 years, helping housebuilders achieve compliance with local building codes.
If you require a SAP or SBEM assessment, (which are required for all domestic and non-domestic new build properties), please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you.
Article published 19th September 2019