Why Sustainability Matters
We don’t hug trees in our office, but we care about the environment more than most. We promote sustainability in housebuilding for a number of reasons:
- Building is a resource intensive activity, and the housing sector must show leadership in reducing its environmental impact
- Customers want more ‘green’ homes and this trend will continue
- Sustainability and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand, and energy efficiency means cost saving.
So an energy efficient house is not only better for the environment, it is better for its owner.
We are also finding that in consultations with landowners and local communities, a developer with strong eco credentials is more respected and more likely to garner support. If we care enough to go beyond the call of duty in terms of sustainability, we will probably go the extra mile in terms of all aspects of delivery of a development.
The National Planning Policy Framework has a “presumption in favour of sustainable development”. Although the definition of “sustainable” is at best vague, being a sustainable developer in the first place can only help!
Czero (the name was short for Carbon Zero) started life pursuing the zero carbon home, and did a number of developments going towards that but balanced by commerciality. This was a fabric first approach, focusing on the building envelope.
We enjoy working with the customers of our custom build business, as people wanting to build their own home tend to have the same aspirations as we do.