Linlithgow development celebrates energy efficient milestone
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-focused housebuilder is set to hit a new milestone by designing and building all of its homes at a single development to the highest banding energy performance rating.
Queenswood in Linlithgow by CALA Homes (East) has been carefully planned and designed to an A-grade energy performance certificate (EPC) rating across all of the private homes – in what is believed to be the first of its kind for the major housebuilder.
It means buyers at the 40-home Linlithgow development will benefit from reduced energy bills and the knowledge that their home is among the most sustainable on the market.
In recent years CALA has placed a great emphasis on environmental efficiency, with most of its homes in Scotland built to at least a B-grading, requiring a score of 81-91 out of 100 across the home’s performance.
As of January 2021, the average EPC rating in Scotland is a D-grading. An EPC is required to sell or lease a home in the UK and assesses a building’s energy efficiency.
Tom Mitchell, Technical Director with CALA Homes (East), said: “We’re in the realm of the dedicated eco-homes here, created by specialist builders in very small numbers.
“All of our new homes across the country are built to be highly-efficient, and taking the decision to design and spec the homes at Queenswood to grade A EPC ratings is an exciting step forward. It is testament to the attention to detail of our design team and commitment as a business to sustainability.
“We’re dedicated to providing high specification homes to offer the ultimate contemporary living for our customers. Knowing that a home is built with sustainability in mind is a crucial part of that.”
Designing homes to the grade A EPC rating at Queenswood saw CALA supplement many of its exemplar techniques and materials with the latest innovations on the market.
Throughout the homes, high quality double glazing, low energy lighting (inside and out), EV charging provision (which allows for easy installation of an electric vehicle charging point to all homes), to the insulation have all been carefully sourced on their green credentials.
Pivotal to the A-grade rating was the decision to install a modern energy-efficient hot water tank, which will help utilise maximum amounts of energy from PV/solar panels and comes as standard across all 40 homes, ensuring buyers benefit from decreased electricity use and reduced bills.
CALA launched Queenswood, which is on the eastern edge of the famed town in October with two five-bedroom showhomes, The Lowther and The Macrae.
Both showcase another defining feature of the homes: the space to suit a variety of needs and wants.
This includes dedicated home offices, enhanced by fibre broadband connectivity available throughout to improve homeworking and reduce unnecessary commutes for those seeking to work from home longer term.
Each home at Queenswood is part of CALA’s award-winning Light and Space collection, designed to bathe each property in natural light – and benefit from an impressive specification including folding doors from the open-plan kitchen.
The sustainable development is in a desirable setting within walking distance of Linlithgow train station and all the key amenities of the town’s high street.
Queenswood is also ideal for city commuters with Edinburgh and Glasgow a short distance away via the M9 motorway, or by train from nearby Linlithgow station. A number of shops and restaurants are also a short walk away, with a bus stop also located extremely close to the development.
The nearby Union Canal and Linlithgow loch are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, joggers and cyclists.
Properties in Queenswood’s first phase are from £575,000. 12 of the 40 properties have been reserved or sold since the site’s launch in October 2020, with the development’s excellent location and eco credentials a major draw for buyers.
For more information, visit www.cala.co.uk/queenswood or call 01968 458 517.
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