Green Homes Initiative
We believe that to properly look after our communities we have to develop properties in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. We want to limit reliance on fossil fuels and reduce fuel poverty. Accordingly, we consider this central tenet from the beginning and throughout the process. We are aware at all times of the responsibility we bear towards the environment.
We work with our team of architects to make our properties as energy-efficient as possible. Our construction focus is on efficiency and sustainability and all our products are hard-wearing. Our Green Homes Initiative will remain a core theme for all National Housing Group developments.
We use the following sustainable solutions in our projects:
- Solar panels
- Low energy lighting
- Energy-efficient heating
- Radiant heating and cooling.
Using energy-efficient, renewable or recycled materials lessens the environmental footprint and produces fewer carbon emissions via efficient energy use.
Case study: Faringdon Lodge
52 solar panels will be installed at Faringdon Lodge. Assembled with high-efficiency PERC cells, which offer the advantages of higher power output, better temperature-dependent performance, reduced shading effect on the energy generation, lower risk of hot spot, as well as enhanced tolerance for mechanical loading.
Figure 1: The calculated output suggests that just over two thirds of the energy generated will be used directly by the residents of the building. The ‘grid feed-in’ is the suggested amount to be given back to the gird.
Figure 2: Just over one third of the entire buildings electrical needs is covered by the solar panels, the rest is supplied by the grid.