30 Oct 2007 04:10:32
Efficient white goods play role in Berkeley green home plan
All homes constructed by housebuilder Berkeley from next January next year will have CO2 emissions reduced by a quarter, with low energy white goods playing a big part.
The company has pledged to only build homes with 25 per cent lower emissions and 30 per cent lower water consumption than the UK average, the Daily Telegraph reports.
All fridges, freezers and washing machines will be energy efficient, toilets will be dual-flush and showers will have a reduced water flow rate.
These and other steps, such as improving insulation, will cost around £5,000 for each new private home.
"If we don''t address our carbon, there is a problem for the world. The risk of us doing nothing and being wrong is too great," said the company''s managing director, Tony Pidgley.
"I hope that there will be a competitive advantage, but I also think that when we go here the rest of the industry will not be far behind."
Berkeley, which specialises in homebuilding in the south-east, has won numerous awards in 2007 including the Housing Design Awards overall prize, the Best Affordable Development in the Evening Standard New Homes Awards, and a Highly Commended prize in the Mail on Sunday British Home Awards.