Develop individually designed, high quality homes with low environment impact.
As a residential-led developer, building high quality and well-designed homes is fundamental to our business and is intrinsic to all the other areas of Our Vision. It is demanded of us by our customers and differentiates Berkeley. It is clear that to have a successful business, our focus has to be on the end product of the homes right from the outset.
Each of our homes and developments is bespoke and we use external architects to design each scheme. Attention to detail in design is paramount to ensure homes meet the needs of our customers and our specifications are planned to meet the varied needs of all types of homebuyers, from luxurious houses to key worker apartments.
The impact on the environment throughout the lifetime of the home is considered during its design, with an aim to minimise impacts and provide homeowners with the opportunity to live more sustainably. The high quality finish which we demand in our new homes requires a skilled workforce and thorough checks before handover.
How we develop individually designed, high quality homes with low environmental impact is highlighted below. Each aspect, and our achievements in each, are discussed in more detail in the Homes Performance Report 2014-2016.
In May 2016 we launched two new ambitious commitments to achieve by April 2018 to improve and develop our approach to Homes:
Design our homes to consider future climate change to ensure continued thermal comfort.
As temperatures increase due to climate change we are expected to experience more extreme weather patterns, including wetter winters, hotter summers and more frequent heat waves. Adapting our homes to meet these changes is required to ensure our customers are comfortable for the lifetime of the home.
Across the industry there is growing concern that building regulations requiring improved energy efficiency have increased the likelihood of the adverse effect of overheating occurring due to increased airtightness within buildings. During warmer months this could cause discomfort due to a build-up of warm air which is unable to leave the building.
The long-term nature of climate change adaptation means that few companies are considering its impact and taking action now. Berkeley is the first housebuilder to set out a commitment to develop an approach to ensuring continued thermal comfort across all our developments.
Understand the evolution of smart technology and connectivity in homes and on developments.
We are increasingly living in a connected world, with our customers expecting access to the internet and good connectivity from the first day they move in. Technology continues to develop and allows us to be more connected.
A smart home is one that incorporates technology to provide customers with enhanced monitoring and control over the building's functions. Smart homes may also use intelligent technology to learn a user's behaviours to help improve efficiency.
Exploring the available technologies and ensuring our homes have the right infrastructure in place for these technologies will enable us to continue to provide homes and developments that meet and exceed our customers' expectations.