FAQs

Questions about our developments
How are you able to offer the same purchase or rental price across the UK?

We are pioneers. We believe that ‘affordable’ should mean just that, and it should not matter where in the UK you happen to live or work, you should be able to have the home you deserve. Our mission is to provide the most affordable, sustainable, quality homes and commercial buildings possible throughout the whole of the UK. We are actively seeking the direct support of the Government and local authorities to provide assistance to aid us purchasing land in areas where land prices are higher such as the South of England and London. In about 75% of the UK however, we are able to offer consistent purchase and rental pricing without such assistance – as we are the land owner, developer and principal contractor on all our own developments, and are therefore able to re-invest part of our profit into providing the much needed financial assistance required to help our clients however we can.

How are you able to offer such a high specification as standard?
We only build quality homes and commercial buildings. Because we are the land owner, developer and principal contractor, we cut out the profit normally charged to the other large housebuilders by the companies sub-contracted to build their homes and commercial buildings for them. Some of our saved profit is re-invested in a much higher specification of our buildings both in terms of quality and sustainability.
Where are your development sites located?

We will start multiple development sites across the UK during 2022. You can discover more on our Developments page.

How can I either purchase or rent one of your homes or commercial buildings?

Make your enquiry via our Contact page.

Are your buildings safe from fire?

Yes. We are the only national housebuilder offering an automatic Fire Mist Suppression System in every building we construct. All external materials used on our homes are also fire rated. For further specific information please see our technical information at the bottom of Our System page.

Do all your buildings conform to Building Standards?
Yes. In fact, all our buildings far exceed all current building standards relating to all residential and commercial buildings.
Are your buildings low cost to run?
Yes, exceptionally so. In fact, our homes need little or no heating in winter, and they remain cool in summer. And because of the method of construction, which includes triple glazing and solar PV creating free electricity, there is also the benefit of a much-reduced energy bill to be enjoyed.
Do your buildings require as much maintenance as a traditionally constructed building?
No. Every component of our buildings has been designed to be either low maintenance or maintenance-free.
How new is your SIPs construction technology?
SIPs technology has been around for decades, initially used for commercial cold room facilities. However, it lends itself particularly well to the construction of residential and commercial buildings, because it is quicker to assemble, and provides very energy-efficient accommodation with energy costs substantially lower than those of a traditionally built structure.
What do ‘volumetric construction’ and ‘modular construction’ mean?

Volumetric and modular describe the way we manufacture a building in our production facility. We form modules that create rooms, whole floors and walkways. These component parts, when assembled and fixed, then form a complete building. We can take most designs and convert them using 3D CAD technology into modular/volumetric format.

What does an onsite/offsite or offsite/onsite factory mean?
These terms are synonymous with each other, and denote our unique method of construction. Both describe how we erect a temporary assembly factory on the development site itself. This allows us to build the house or commercial building in the controlled environment of a factory, and avoid the need to transport by road the finished modular/volumetric components that make up the whole building.
How does SIPs construction reduce the running costs against a traditionally built house or commercial building?
SIPs construction reduces the running costs because of the nature of the panels’ insulation qualities, coupled with the airtightness of the construction method. These factors mean that the building requires minimal heating, ensuring a substantial reduction in energy bills. In fact, many argue that this form of construction requires no heating whatsoever.
Can I get a mortgage on your buildings?

Yes. All our buildings will be treated as ‘standard’ construction for mortgage purposes. Should you require specific clarification for your own mortgage lender, please contact Low Carbon Construction Finance Limited and they will be able to assist you further.

What building warranty will I receive?
10 years. All our residential and commercial buildings carry a 10-year insurance-backed structural defects warranty.
Can I choose the finishes, fixtures and fittings in my home?
Yes – if you are the first owner or tenant with us, and have reserved your property off plan, you can choose from a substantial range of kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and tiles. In our commercial buildings, there are no internal fittings as part of our standard product, but you are able to specify all your external finishes.
On what scale have you calculated your UK-wide flat rate home purchase prices?
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Press and media

We welcome press enquiries, and can furnish you with unbiased views for your commentary pages, ready-created material including photography, as well as making our spokespeople available for interview.

Environment

The environment

In the context of the climate emergency, current standards do not go far enough to address this very urgent problem. Affordable energy efficient buildings with low energy requirements and low embodied carbon materials are paramount to contribute towards lower emissions.

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A financial helping hand

Our ethos now extends to our financial assistance – arranged by Low Carbon Construction Finance – who are able to offer a vast range of residential and commercial mortgage solutions tailored to individual circumstances.