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Sustainability

Development Director, Jon England discusses Northstone's sustainability principles …

From the way we build our homes to the communities that surround them, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Through our sustainability focussed schemes, ambitious targets and conscious approach to construction, we go the extra mile to ensure we have a positive impact on our residents, local communities, and the environment, both now and in the future.

Our approach to ESG
considerations

Everything we do is guided by our Sustainability Plan - our strategy for creating better places for people and the environment. We’re committed to setting a higher standard in the creation of our homes, to act as a blueprint for other homebuilders and to change the residential landscape for the better.

From the outset of any new development, we prioritise sustainability – we even choose the dimensions of our homes in line with brick sizes to minimise waste. Energy efficiency is built into every aspect of our homes, with triple glazing as standard and an intelligent smart-tech heating system that learns how you live and heats your home accordingly, reducing energy usage and bills. And through our INNOVATE lab, we’re always researching and developing new ways to reduce our impact on the planet.

Our sustainability principles

With these principles, we set ourselves a higher standard for sustainability across our communities and seek to continuously improve the way we do things. At each community we:

Create opportunities for people to lead better, more prosperous lives

Engage with local people to understand the needs of existing and future communities

Develop highly sustainable and smart-built environments

Embrace a low carbon energy strategy

Strive to put more back into the natural environment than is taken out

Support the health and wellbeing of communities by creating beautiful, functional and well-used green public spaces

Promote sustainable transport options for all

Our Sustainable Development Goals

We use five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to guide our activity and make sure that sustainability feeds into every aspect of our homebuilding process

We are conscious of consuming natural resources in a responsible way, look for innovative ways to reduce waste where possible and embed responsible business practices throughout our organisation.

We make our communities and the surrounding areas inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, by creating high quality, accessible housing and green space for public use.

We promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, providing and supporting productive employment and decent work for all.

We take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

We protect, restore, and promote the sustainable use of local ecosystems, improving quality of land and committing to making the natural landscape better than it was before.

What our commitment to sustainability means for your…

Easy access to nature

We want people to understand and appreciate the natural world around them. That’s why we create more opportunities to interact with nature, developing public footpaths to bring our communities closer to the green space nearby.

Sustainable transport options

Our pedestrian-led approach to our streetscapes encourages our residents to choose more sustainable transport methods, such as walking and cycling. We create public open spaces and community footpaths, to give pedestrians and cyclists better access to green spaces.

Sustainable transport options

Our pedestrian-led approach to our streetscapes encourages our residents to choose more sustainable transport methods, such as walking and cycling. We create public open spaces and community footpaths, to give pedestrians and cyclists better access to green spaces.

Wildlife education

We help our residents understand the local wildlife, providing education at interesting points around our communities.

More house types

We’re working to provide different house types to suit everyone, no matter their lifestyle and needs. This will create diverse communities and houses that serve the changing needs of the population.

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Lower energy costs

From built-in energy saving elements, like triple-glazing, to the tech that comes as standard, your home will reduce the energy you use and save you money.

More light

Floor-to-ceiling VELFAC windows provide health and wellbeing benefits, reduce noise impacts for an undisturbed sleep, help to reduce energy usage in the home and keep you warmer.

Intelligent home system

Wondrwall technology is used throughout our homes, a smart-tech system that learns how you live and powers your house accordingly. It will make sure your home is warm for when you get home from work, and lights aren’t left on when you are out.

EV charging capabilities

All our homes come with the option to add electric vehicle charging capabilities, so you can make sustainable choices in other areas of your life.

Waste Water Heat Recovery

Our waste water heat recovery system works by extracting the heat from the water your shower or bath sends down the drain. This heat is used to warm the incoming mains water, reducing the strain on your boiler and the energy required to heat your water up to temperature.

Northstone Sustainability

Easy access to nature

We want people to understand and appreciate the natural world around them. That’s why we create more opportunities to interact with nature, developing public footpaths to bring our communities closer to the green space nearby.

Sustainable transport options

Our pedestrian-led approach to our streetscapes encourages our residents to choose more sustainable transport methods, such as walking and cycling. We create public open spaces and community footpaths, to give pedestrians and cyclists better access to green spaces.

Sustainable transport options

Our pedestrian-led approach to our streetscapes encourages our residents to choose more sustainable transport methods, such as walking and cycling. We create public open spaces and community footpaths, to give pedestrians and cyclists better access to green spaces.

Wildlife education

We help our residents understand the local wildlife, providing education at interesting points around our communities.

More house types

We’re working to provide different house types to suit everyone, no matter their lifestyle and needs. This will create diverse communities and houses that serve the changing needs of the population.

Northstone Sustainability

Lower energy costs

From built-in energy saving elements, like triple-glazing, to the tech that comes as standard, your home will reduce the energy you use and save you money.

More light

Floor-to-ceiling VELFAC windows provide health and wellbeing benefits, reduce noise impacts for an undisturbed sleep, help to reduce energy usage in the home and keep you warmer.

Intelligent home system

Wondrwall technology is used throughout our homes, a smart-tech system that learns how you live and powers your house accordingly. It will make sure your home is warm for when you get home from work, and lights aren’t left on when you are out.

EV charging capabilities

All our homes come with the option to add electric vehicle charging capabilities, so you can make sustainable choices in other areas of your life.

Waste Water Heat Recovery

Our waste water heat recovery system works by extracting the heat from the water your shower or bath sends down the drain. This heat is used to warm the incoming mains water, reducing the strain on your boiler and the energy required to heat your water up to temperature.

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Awards & Affiliations

Helping City of Trees to plant a tree for every person in Greater Manchester

To put an even greater focus on the need for climate resilience, we have joined Business Declares

Demonstrating support for the UN SDGs

The first developer to achieve the BREEAM communities standard at MediaCityUK in 2011

We received a Quality Award from the National Housing Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards 2021

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