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The hotly anticipated Ryves Vale development by Newland Homes launched last weekend to much fanfare, with more than 800 people registering an interest to find out more about the 32 zero carbon houses under construction on Clevedon Road in Tickenham.


As the cost of living continues to rise, and with many people facing unprecedented energy bills, these homes are attracting interest thanks to their use of renewable energy from free, natural sources that will never run out, such as solar and wind power.


The 32 highly-efficient homes have the potential to produce more energy than the building itself requires to run and the excess can be sold back to the National Grid.  The idea of a house with much lower energy bills is appealing to many in the current climate, and they are better for the environment too as the homes don’t rely on fossil fuels.


Solar panels on the roof capture renewable energy by absorbing sunlight and the homes have been orientated to maximise solar gain.  This energy will be used for electricity and will power the home’s air source heat pump, which provides heating and hot water.  An optional battery allows homeowners to store energy from the solar panels for use when they need it, like for charging an electric vehicle overnight.


The sought-after village of Tickenham is within striking distance of the nearby city of Bristol, yet is nestled amongst surrounding countryside.  A large wildflower meadow with natural play equipment is being created as part of the development, along with a special anniversary woodland of up to 1,000 new trees.  These fast-growing native trees will store carbon, improve air quality, provide a haven for wildlife and a place for people to enjoy and connect with nature.


Three, four and five bedroom detached homes are available and all properties achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating in excess of 100, placing them firmly in the top energy performance band of A, which is achieved by only 2% of houses in the UK.  Newland Homes has created three new house designs especially for this site, one of which is called the “Tickenham’.


Marcus Evans, Sales & Marketing Director for Newland Homes comments: “Our homes are the most significant investment we’re ever likely to make and everyone rightly wants to ensure they will be fit for the future.   It’s extremely expensive to retrofit this kind of energy-saving technology into a home, with an air source heat pump alone costing up to £18,000 to install.    The demand for these zero carbon homes is testament to the public’s desire to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels whilst also shielding themselves from the spiralling costs of running a home.”


The four bedroom ‘Sherston’ showhome at Tickenham is ‘climate considerate’, demonstrating how a new build show home aesthetic can be achieved in a sustainable manner.  For example, the sofas are made of a textile called Rolefin, which is formed of recycled waste fibres and water is not used during production or processing.  Furthermore, furniture has been upcycled or repurposed where possible and reclaimed materials used.


Newland Homes has three developments underway in the West, providing over 100 zero carbon new homes this year.  The company was the first traditional housebuilder in the UK to sign the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Pledge, which is a commitment to measure greenhouse gas emissions, implements means to reduce them, to consider offsetting and to report progress annually.  It is on course to achieve at least a 50% reduction in its company carbon footprint by the end of 2024, and furthermore, it will be retrospectively carbon neutral through offsetting with immediate effect.


Prices start from £495,000 at Ryves Vale in Tickenham and tailor-made viewings are available daily between 11am to 5pm, seven days a week. Please call 01275 338023 to book your tailor-made tour or click here for further details


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