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Did you know we’re one of the first housing associations to commit to ending gas boilers in the new homes we build?

We’re making great progress with our Yorkshire Housing standard house types. They’re homes that make ongoing living costs more affordable for the customers living in them, and are specifically designed around zero gas and increased wall, roof and floor insulation.  

This specification helps us play our part in reducing the effects of global warming. For example, the Government has legislated that all new builds will be off gas from 2025. We’re moving away from gas in our new homes, phasing it out over the next three years, which significantly reduces our carbon emissions and our impact on the environment.  

It’s not just about the homes themselves though, when we’re choosing new sites for development, we make sure it’s in a sustainable location too. We look at local amenities like transport links, facilities within walking distance and local services.  

We’re working towards all our new developments meeting our new build homes standard, which will use low-carbon heating systems, including:  

  • Air source heat pumps – using renewable energy sources, instead of gas boilers  
  • Underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs to make heating homes more efficient 
  • Solar panels on the roof – generating electricity for the customer and national grid 
  • Super insulated walls, roofs, floors and windows 

And from 2026, in our new build homes, we’re aiming to: 

  • Increase the number of solar panels installed on new homes 
  • Install triple glazing on our new homes 
  • Deliver a 100% carbon reduction that will reduce customers’ energy consumption  

Take a look at what we’ve done with modern methods of construction (MMC) at our Derry Hill site and with modular homes at our Portholme Road development in Selby, North Yorkshire. And check out our developments to see our latest sites.