House by Urban Splash data shows the fully electric town house is 50% more energy efficient than the average new build

Published: 24 March 2022

House by Urban Splash has released peer reviewed data showing strong energy performance of its Town House house type. The report found that the fully electric Town House is over 50% more energy efficient than an average new build – exceeding all carbon reduction targets.

The report was created by ARUP and House by Urban Splash’s Future Lab division; it is the first housebuilder in the UK to have a dedicated R&D arm.
Town House is one house type being delivered as part of the House by Urban Splash / Peel L&P Joint Venture at East Float, Wirral Waters, and is created using modern methods of construction (MMC) in the House by Urban Splash factory.

The modern housebuilder House by Urban Splash has unveiled one of the most energy efficient homes on the market in the UK – with new, peer reviewed data showing the company’s Town House is more than 50% more energy efficient than the average new build. Renowned TV architect George Clarke hails them as “a blueprint for a sustainable future”.

The report also found that Town House – a fully electric home – emits over 20% less carbon than the aspirational target for best practice, while assessments of the property’s Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was found to be almost half of an average new build.

Created using sustainable timber, the construction process means that creating Town House emits over 70% less carbon than the average building, and over 50% less carbon than the best practice benchmark.

George Clarke, a renowned architect, writer, speaker and a well-known TV presenter on UK television invested in the House by Urban Splash business in 2019 and heralded the news saying: “We’ve collectively poured our passions into this business, an organisation which creates brilliantly designed homes, in new neighbourhoods across the country.

“Town House is a blueprint for a sustainable future, and this data is testament to the work that’s been done in raising the bar for energy ratings in modern homes; it’s our mission to keep improving this and giving customers more choices that will help them live well by design.”

The Town House prototype was first launched in the UK in 2016, at a development in Manchester. There, 43 of the Town House homes were installed, all of them having been created using MMC at the company’s factory in the East Midlands. Town House is powered exclusively by electricity with no gas requirements.

In the six years since launch, and thanks to inwards investment from Japanese company Sekisui House – which also happens to be the world’s biggest housebuilder, the company has invested in R&D to evolve the product so that it exceeds all industry carbon reduction targets, resulting in hundreds of energy efficient homes now standing in neighbourhoods in Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridgeshire, the Wirral and North Shields.

The research comes from House by Urban Splash’s inhouse research facility – Future Lab. The facility is a first for a UK housebuilder and saw the team collaborate with global consultancy Arup to undertake a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Town House – a process which reviews both the embodied carbon emissions – those generated by the materials and construction processes of Town House – and operational carbon emissions – the emissions arising from the energy used in the home.

Suzy Jones is director at Future Lab said: “This report shows that day-to-day, our Town House customers will require less than 50% of the energy used in a similar new build home. These results come following years of investment and refinement, and we are on a journey to create something that is reducing the carbon footprint of our sector.”

Suzy Jones and her team are now on a journey to further refine the Town House homes, with objectives to unveil a zero-carbon product in the near future. She concludes: “By making small changes and committing to offset emissions Town House can be delivered as a Zero Carbon ready home.

“We know that as a sector we’re always going to create CO2 emissions, but our aim now is to minimise those emissions and plant trees to remove the equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. There’s still much work to be done, and that’s why we’re getting our heads down and investing more into our products so that we can further raise the game and give customers across the UK  access to better design and the chance to reduce their carbon footprint with their choice of home.”

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