At Thakeham Homes we have embraced building homes utilising sustainable
We already exceed code 3 sustainability on a number of our schemes and are
striving to achieve levels 4 and 5 currently, none of which is currently mandatory. Our typical construction methods are:-
Our roof construction gains an A rating on the code for sustainable homes green guide.
We try to use bricks produced at a brickworks local to individual sites. FSC
sourced timber is used wherever possible and our windows are usually a pressure treated painted softwood; this gains an A+ rating on the code for sustainable homes green guide.
Our properties are insulated to exceed the latest code 3 sustainability levels. We also embrace the use of A rated appliances. We utilise low flow rates and A rated taps, w/c etc. We utilise energy efficient lighting, again exceeding the current sustainability levels.
We provide cycle storage and space for non- recyclable waste and recyclable waste storage.
We also provide a home office space with all relevant facilities, meeting code of sustainability guidelines.
Through integration at the design stage, wherever possible, of day-lighting, sound insulation and private gardens, we are able to meet both the code of sustainability and wellbeing guidelines.
A number of our schemes are being designed to incorporate grey water
harvesting. A substantial amount of the surface water is used for the w/c, clothes washing etc within the properties. This will significantly lessen the amount of surface water produced.
A number of our schemes have been designed and built with Solar panels,
contributing renewable energy resources as a significant percentage of a
property's energy demands. It is not uncommon for us to install modern wood
burning stoves in a home, again assisting with renewable energy contributions.
A new feature for 2011 is the installation on most schemes of electric car charging points, giving you the choice to complement you home's eco rating!