Our eco-homes journey
Gusto Homes has been one of the UK-leaders in the design and build of “eco-homes” for the general housing market for more than 20-years, a remarkable journey that started from the inspiration of the 1992 “Rio Declaration of Environment & Development”.
Gusto Homes commenced the build of its first project (Millennium Green) aligned to the principles of the Rio Declaration in 1998, a project completed in 2002 resulting in 24 new homes which in broad terms used 50% less energy and 50% less water compared to the houses being built to contemporary Building Regulations.
This project, which remains unique in the UK’s mainstream housing market, attracted national interest through CEO Steff Wright speaking at industry conferences alongside arranging educational visits to the site. The development was filmed by the BBC for the Open University and it influenced the national Code for Sustainable Homes in 2004. This has subsequently given way to more demanding Building Regulations, although these still fall short of the first Gusto Homes project.
As evolving Building Regulations have raised the eco-homes bar, so Gusto Homes has continued to raise its horizons with its most recently completed project (Woodlands Edge) resulting in 29 new homes built to such a high eco-specification that they do not require central-heating systems, are entirely electric (which is a relatively clean form of energy), and cost only £1 per day to heat, light and provide with hot water.
Currently, Gusto have eco-homes available to buy on the second phase of its unique Woodlands Edge development close to Lincoln, and at its Collingham Brook development in one of Nottinghamshire’s most sought-after villages. Details of these can be found here.
Over recent years, awareness of the need to reduce human impacts on the environment has grown, producing energy-efficient new homes being one important way of doing this. And it’s not, as they say, “rocket science”; we simply design and build our eco-homes to minimise the energy required to make them very comfortable, use only relatively clean electricity to provide that energy with the majority be generated via the solar PV roof panels. We then minimise further the energy required, through the use of environmental technologies and energy-efficient fixtures and fittings.
So, if you would like to live in a more comfortable, healthy home, and play your part in reducing environmental impacts, read below the things you need to know about “eco-homes”.