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Environmental Policy

  1. Beechcroft focuses on creating developments with attractive landscapes which frequently incorporate green space and natural habitats. Wildlife is protected and even reintroduced to developments. At The Clock House, Byfleet, for example, Beechcroft has restored an ancient pond which, after many years of neglect, has become an important wetland habitat.

  2. Each Beechcroft development complies with current energy efficiency practice and policy on carbon emissions. Beechcroft also focuses on the use of high quality materials, particularly in terms of external elevations and is constantly sourcing materials and components manufactured in the UK.

  3. Beechcroft is committed to building homes that meet Level 3 requirements in respect of The Code For Sustainable Homes which provides a comprehensive measure of the sustainability of new homes. Homes meeting Level 3 standards are at least 25% more energy efficient than those built to 2006 Building Regulations standards. This is achieved by a variety of means including improving the thermal efficiency of walls, windows and roofs, reducing air permeability, reducing water usage and adding thermal panels and heat exchange units to properties.

 

Water Use:

  • We provide water butts to collect rainwater for watering the gardens

  • Inserts are fitted to the taps in houses and apartments to reduce the amount of water used

  • Toilet flushes are reduced to minimum standard and are ‘dual flush’ to reduce water usage

Electricity:

  • We use low energy lighting throughout the development

  • Passive infra-red sensors are fitted to the communal areas or, occasionally, a switched and timed system to ensure that lighting is on only when necessary

  • An increasing number of our developments have electric vehicle charging points

Gas

  • If your new home has a gas supply, the boiler fitted will be a high efficiency, condensing boiler which will make use of all the heat produced

Renewable technologies

  • On some developments, we have installed photo-voltaic panels to generate electricity from nature daylight. These operate on cloudy as well as sunny days and the electricity produced is used by the property and by others in the immediate area. On several recent sites, owners have been able to receive credits for the energy that has been produced by their photovoltaic panels.

Air Source Heat Pumps

  • These use the background heat in the air that surrounds us. The heat goes through a process which allows it to be released into the domestic water systems – for every 1kW of energy that is put into the heat pump system, up to 4kW of heat can be produced.

Shuttle bus

  • On some developments, we provide a shuttle bus service to the town centre, enabling owners to go shopping or to meet friends without having to drive – particularly when the weather is bad.

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