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Pioneering zero carbon homes at Ryves Vale

Our pioneering zero carbon homes at Ryves Vale in Tickenham have lead to some impressive statistics.  These include a weekly household energy bill totalling less than the price of a takeaway latte!*   

A total of 32 highly-efficient homes have been built, paving the way for our future developments to follow.  

Large wildflower meadow 

The homes are centred around a large area of wildflower meadow, woodland and a natural play area, comprising almost 50% of the entire site.  1,000 young trees have been planted and 380ms of hedgehog highway laid, enabling hedgehogs to easily traverse the site.   

Over 400 solar panels used 

The development comes into its own when the renewable energy figures are calculated.  The pioneering zero carbon homes have 472 solar panels erected across all the homes.  There’s over 13,500 m2 of insulation installed in the ground, walls and ceilings of the homes.  Meanwhile, 32 air source heat pumps are up and running and 32 electric car chargers connected.  All these elements combine to make Ryves Vale a highly energy efficient collection of homes powered by renewable energy, emitting no net carbon in use. 

Homes run in summer for less than the price of a takeaway latte 

The data for the day-to-day running of these homes is still in its infancy at Ryves Vale.  However homeowners are reporting running costs of just £3.57 a week* to power a four bedroom, detached, zero carbon home this summer.  That’s less than the price of a takeaway latte from well-known coffee chains!  *Obligatory standing charges applied by the energy companies are on top of this. 

The community at Ryves Vale is flourishing, with WhatsApp groups and neighbours sharing tips on how to maximise the new technology installed to heat and power their homes.  Meanwhile the sought-after village of Tickenham is within striking distance of the nearby city of Bristol.  Yet it’s nestled amongst surrounding countryside in a vibrant village, with numerous groups and activities.  

Fit for the future 

Marcus Evans, Sales & Marketing Director for Newland Homes comments: “Our pioneering zero carbon 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.   The homes at Ryves Vale fit that bill, whilst reducing bills in other areas.   As an independent housebuilder based in the West, we were one of the first companies to start building zero carbon homes and in doing so, have revolutionised the way homes are built in the UK.” 

MP visit 

This was supported by Dr Liam Fox MP.  He visited the site when construction commenced, and more recently to launch the open space and meet the residents.  Commenting that “carbon neutral quality housing, in small developments attuned to local circumstances, is the housing we need for the future.” 

For information on all our zero carbon homes, visit our ‘Find a Home’ page.


*Obligatory standing charges applied by the energy companies are on top of this, however with our zero carbon homes there’s only one utility provider for heat and power (electricity). 


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