Green is the colour at Keepmoat Homes

Stacey Chappell receives the gold award from Joanne Davies-Jones, the managing director of whathouse.co.uk, watched by John Lewis from Scottish Power (second left) and comedian Hugh Dennis.
Stacey Chappell receives the gold award from Joanne Davies-Jones, the managing director of whathouse.co.uk, watched by John Lewis from Scottish Power (second left) and comedian Hugh Dennis.

Keepmoat Homes’ green credentials continue to grow with the addition of prestigious awards, accolades and accreditations.

In the past two weeks the company has become the What House? ‘Sustainable developer of the year’, been a finalist in the British Energy Awards ‘Excellence in carbon reduction’ and as part of the Keepmoat Group, achieved its highest ever score in the NextGeneration benchmark, which measures sustainability performance.

Said Keepmoat Homes Sustainability Manager, Stacey Chappell: “This is great news, which rewards the significant efforts of our people to improve environmental performance and build more sustainable homes for the future. That’s good for business, good for the planet and good for customers, who will enjoy lower energy costs.”

The What House? Awards – now in a 30th year – celebrate outstanding achievement in the house building industry. This is what the judges said about Keepmoat Homes’ entry: “From a strategic level right down to on-site policies the company has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability.”

In addition to these awards, Keepmoat Homes has, over the past year, become the first house builder in the UK to achieve certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) for the energy management system standard, BS EN 16001 and is now working towards ISO 50001 energy management accreditation.

As part of a drive to improve its environmental credentials and build more sustainable homes, the company, which constructs around 1,600 properties a year throughout the South East, Midlands and the North of England, is replacing traditional site cabins with modern, double glazed, highly insulated, temperature controlled eco-units with self closing doors and low energy lighting managed by sensors.

Sales offices and show homes are also being overhauled. The garages in which the sales teams work are now fitted with additional floor, wall and roof insulation while the adjacent show homes benefit from low energy sensor lighting.

In addition, training and energy awareness sessions are staged with all staff and a Home User Guide provided to buyers encourages green lifestyles by including advice and guidance on recycling and energy conservation.

Keepmoat Homes is applying sustainable technology to all the homes it builds, including staging a trial of code five and six homes.

It is believed that these homes, in Newcastle, will be the first in Britain to meet the SAP2009 November 2010 code. They will be measured against the BREEAM standard, which sets the benchmark for best practice in sustainable building design and construction.