Cumbria-based egg Homes has set out its plans to grow into one of the UK’s leading luxury sustainable developers, following strong sales at its inaugural development Viver Green. Having sold over 81% of the released units Lake District scheme, the partners at egg are now searching for suitable funding partners to help acquire a number of new sites, as well as aide the eco-construction research side of the business.
It is this demand that is driving egg Homes to change the face of sustainable development, through the building of intelligent properties that are both luxurious and ecologically sound. Beyond Viver Green, egg Homes is currently in talks with several land owners across the country to secure future sites for development.
Challenging traditional construction techniques egg Homes has pushed the boundaries of sustainable luxury building. Utilising a range of ground-breaking design features and building prominent partnerships the developer has established a leading research and development team. The in-depth research in the pre-planning stages allowed egg to construct homes at Viver Green that have SAP ratings of 98% and an EPC rating of A. Unique aspects of the development include the use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the property shells – an incredibly effective shell construction process still not widely used in the housebuilding industry.
Commenting on egg’s future ambitions, Chris Nelson, Founding Partner, commented:
“From the beginning egg Homes was a dream of both mine and my business partner Ashley. We saw what was out there and wanted to offer something different. We care deeply about sustainable development and building homes that provide a nice place to live and limit the overall impact on the environment, as well as adding something to the communities in which they’re placed.
“Viver Green was planned meticulously, with a lot of research into building the most energy-efficient homes that look great, perform well and add something to the local area. The feedback we’ve had to date from both purchasers and local residents has been hugely positive and we want to take our product nationwide. In order to do that we’re looking to partner with someone that can assist us in growing this incredible business.”
Chris’s business partner and co-Founder of egg Homes, Ashley Reece said:
“When we first discussed the idea of setting up egg Chris and I did our due diligence and looked into the demand for sustainable homes. What we found was fascinating, there is a large number of people across the UK that want to live in homes that are energy efficient, comfortable to live and have as minimal impact on the environment as possible. We’ve had a fantastic start and are excited to take the company onto the next level and provide larger volumes of homes across the country.”
A recent study by the Home Quality Mark – a national standard for new homes, developed by the Building Research Establishment – found that low energy bills, environmentally friendly materials and high standards of workmanship were some of the most important factors to take into consideration when buying a new home. The study also revealed that 42% of respondents felt that the quality of housebuilding in the UK is low, with only 4% believing it was at a high level.
The team at egg Homes is also currently working on plans to establish a custom-build arm of the business, which would allow small developers and individuals to build an egg House on their own site. This initiative supports egg’s ethos of building sustainable communities through well-thought out social resources.
This can be seen at Viver Green where egg Homes has included an onsite community orchard, which will be utilised by the charity ‘Growing Well’ – a local mental health charity and organic farm, which supports people to rebuild their lives by working outdoors, growing fresh fruit and vegetables. The local community will also be encouraged to enjoy the orchard and take fruit if they wish to. A community meadow will also form part of the development’s landscape, managed as a traditional hay meadow which is now considered as rare habitat due to changing agricultural practices.