Archive for July, 2011

Delivering on the Code for Sustainable Homes

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Winchester City Council have boldly gone where no other council has yet to go. The councillors have introduced a new policy requiring all new housing in the district to achieve Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for energy and water. This is a 100% improvement on Part L 2006, a bold move indeed when Building Regulations only requires Level 3 to be achieved by private sector housing. This has required us to get ahead of the rest of the country so this month we attended a training course on the Code, delivered by the Green Register. This has given us the opportunity to refine our understanding of the design and technical requirements of the Code and with two Level 4 houses currently under construction, we are ready for the challenge.

Make the most of the Feed In Tariff

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The governments Feed In Tariff offers a genuinely once in a life time opportunity to make a TAX FREE income out of your roof, a rare opportunity in deed. The Snug team believe this is a significant opportunity for our clients and invited SunSmart energy to give us an overview of the design, technical and financial issues. We would be happy to discuss how solar energy could be integrated into your project.

Self-build: Should people build their own homes?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps is launching an action plan to double the number of people building their own homes within the next decade. This may sound bold but according to Ted Stevens, chairman of the National Self Build Association, 80% of all houses are self build in Austria. So should people build their own homes?

Having built my own house in 2003 I can say emphatically – yes. Building your own home is not only cheaper than buying one, if you use a good architect, you should also get the home you dreamed of. There is no doubt it is a challenge and we would join the government in recommending the value of professional support throughout the process, but for first time buyers, like I was at the time, it is a great way to not just get on the ladder but potentially miss a few rungs on the way. Building your own house is a great adventure and like any significant investment the decision to embark on a self build should be carefully evaluated. Snug Projects have significant experience of helping clients make an informed decision and we can support you throughout the process, helping to ensure you realise your dream home.

We are currently looking at new ways of helping people self-build their first home and have a number of sites where we are exploring the potential to create self build neighbourhoods, similar to Ashley Vale in Bristol. This new government agenda could become a significant opportunity for first time buyers to get their first home, what we are calling Virgin Homes. Perhaps this is something Richard Branson should look in to!

If you are considering joining the lucky 10% who self-build we would be happy to help.

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