Are new build homes more energy efficient?

Are new build homes more energy efficient?

At CR Real Estate, we possess a deep passion for promoting new build properties, and it’s our desire for our clients to share this enthusiasm when they embark on purchasing a new home. In this blog we aim to delve into the numerous energy saving advantages associated with purchasing a newly constructed property.

New build energy savings

When considering the environmental efficiency of new homes versus second-hand ones, the primary distinguishing factor is the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). In 2022, a noteworthy 85% of newly constructed homes received an exceptional EPC rating of A or B. This represents the highest level of efficiency. In contrast, out of the entire housing stock in the UK, only 41% of homes manage to achieve an EPC rating higher than C. This stark difference highlights the significant disparity in efficiency standards between new builds and the majority of second-hand homes.

Keeping you warmer

Enhanced insulation is a fundamental factor contributing to the improved Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of new homes compared to those built several decades ago. New homes are built with higher insulation standards, which effectively retain heat and reduce the frequency and duration of central heating usage. This results in lower carbon dioxide emissions and significant energy savings. In fact, recent research suggests that buyers of new homes can potentially save an average of over £3,000* annually on energy costs.

Energy and technology

In addition to insulation and triple glazing, EPC ratings also consider the energy generation methods employed in a home. New homes are increasingly achieving favourable EPC ratings by incorporating technologies such as solar panels and air source heat pumps into entire developments. Even more modest technologies, such as the inclusion of smart thermostats, contribute to energy conservation by facilitating easier control of energy usage. Government policy is further promoting the construction of energy-efficient homes through the 2025 Future Homes Standard, which mandates insulation standards and the installation of more efficient boilers in new homes.

Don’t overlook the letters

It may be tempting to overlook the seemingly arbitrary letters associated with homes, but the practical implications of energy ratings have become increasingly apparent in the past year. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings are determined by calculating the annual carbon dioxide emissions resulting from a home’s energy usage. To illustrate, consider two standard 3-bedroom homes of identical size: one with a D rating would emit approximately 4 tonnes of CO2 per year, while the home with a B rating emits less than half of that, just under 2 tonnes of CO2. Discovering the EPC rating and corresponding CO2 emissions of your home is a simple process. Visit the government website, enter your address, and you may realize the potential savings a new build home could offer.

Final thoughts

In the past year, energy bills have emerged as a significant concern for many individuals, making cost savings a highly desirable outcome. This leads us to the question: Why consider purchasing a new build home? The answer lies in the potential for substantial savings and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment. Opting for a new build home allows you to save money while actively contributing to planet conservation—a truly advantageous and mutually beneficial choice. Looking for a new build home? Contact our expert land and new homes team today to discuss your property requirements and how we can help you.

*Statistics correct at time of writing, CR Real Estate can not guarantee energy savings.

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