IHBC research signpost: Savills on ‘Sustainability’

Savills agency has issued a summary of its new research linked to sustainability.

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… access whether development is coming forward in the  most sustainable locations…

… more efficient new homes tend to be more expensive…

Savills writes:

Sustainability has become increasingly important across our whole lives and sustainability in development is no exception. In case you missed them the first time round, we have collated the various research articles we produced last year on sustainability covering ESG, energy efficiency, green homes grants, location and more.

  • We assess whether development is coming forward in the most sustainable locations in our planning article here. On a more local level we have assessed the green credentials and aspirations of various cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton.
  • In terms of existing homes our blog on energy efficiency and value explores the cost and value of improving inefficient homes. And the EPCs and Green Homes Grant publication shows how far the grant might go towards the improvements.
  • New homes are 33% more energy efficient to run than second hand ones as we report in our article ‘The appeal of energy efficient housing‘. However, the more efficient new homes tend to be more expensive and there is less scope to spend more on the higher build costs needed to create a more energy-efficient home at the more affordably priced end of the market.
  • ESG is becoming increasingly important to buyers (see our surveys) as well as funders. In our article ‘The right fit for the future’ we consider the aspects developers need to be bearing in mind to stay relevant in the future discussing issues from wellbeing to flexible spaces.
  • The social housing sector is leading the way in the residential sector on sustainability however, still has a lot to learn from Europe as we explore in Decarbonising our social housing. Many housing associations are currently focusing on improving their existing stock to make it more efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.

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