From the way we build our homes to the communities that surround them, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.
Through our sustainability focussed schemes, ambitious targets and conscious approach to construction, we go the extra mile to ensure we have a positive impact on our residents, local communities, and the environment, both now and in the future.
More than just energy efficiency
Everything we do is guided by our Sustainability Plan – our strategy for creating better places for people and the environment. We’re committed to setting a higher standard in the creation of our homes, to act as a blueprint for other homebuilders and to change the residential landscape for the better.
From the outset of any new development, we prioritise sustainability – we even choose the dimensions of our homes in line with brick sizes to minimise waste. We are the first homebuilder in the UK to become a Gold Member of The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, aiming to enhance biodiversity for the benefit of local wildlife and communities.
Energy efficiency is built into every aspect of our homes, with triple glazing as standard, aluminium frames, and an intelligent smart tech heating system that learns how you live and heats your home accordingly, reducing energy usage and bills. And through our Innovate lab, we’re always researching and developing new ways to reduce our impact on the planet.
As a new homebuilding company, we intend to push ourselves each year to implement more vigorous, meaningful targets that contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the communities we are operating within.
You can read our Sustainability plan and reports by clicking the links below.
Our sustainability principles
With these principles, we set ourselves a higher standard for sustainability across our communities and seek to continuously improve the way we do things. At each community we:
Create opportunities for people to lead better, more prosperous lives
Engage with local people to understand the needs of existing and future communities
Develop highly sustainable and smart-built environments
Embrace a low carbon energy strategy
Strive to put more back into the natural environment than is taken out
Support the health and wellbeing of communities by creating beautiful, functional and well-used green public spaces
Promote sustainable transport options for all
A look back on a great 2022/23…
To ensure our developments are as inclusive as possible we are committed to delivering affordable housing across the regions that we work in. Over the last year we have delivered 34 affordable units which equates to 20% of our completed properties in 2022/23.
Biodiversity Net Gain
This year we have set ourselves a target to deliver >10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) across all our sites, to be delivered onsite except where offsite mitigation and offsets can be demonstrated to provide greater biodiversity benefit.
Environmental Net Gain
At Northstone, Environmental Net Gain (ENG) on our sites is a priority for improving the natural environment. We have defined ENG as delivering: an uplift in Social Value, Biodiversity Net Gain and an enhancement in Natural Capital across all our sites.
Cycling is a popular mode of active travel; it helps to keep you fit and reduces your carbon footprint. That’s why we integrate cycle storage into our developments to ensure opting for this sustainable mode of transport is easy for our residents. Over the last year, we have implemented secure cycle storage on 64% of our completed plots.
Through the introduction of our new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 ‘Climate Action’ we have committed to target a 3% reduction in scope 1 & 2 operational carbon emissions and develop a roadmap to achieve Net Zero (operational) homes by 2030.
Over the past year Northstone has diverted 99% of waste from landfill through our partnership with Kenny Waste Management. Next year, we aim to reduce our normalised waste generation by 3% from our 2021 baseline.
Our sustainable development goals
We use five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to guide our activity and make sure that sustainability feeds into every aspect of our homebuilding process.
We are conscious of consuming natural resources in a responsible way, look for innovative ways to reduce waste where possible and embed responsible business practises throughout our organisation.
We make our communities and the surrounding areas inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, by creating high quality, accessible housing and green space for public use.
We promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, providing and supporting productive employment and decent work for all.
We protect, restore, and promote the sustainable use of local ecosystems, improving quality of land and committing to making the natural landscape better than it was before.
We’re committed to taking urgent action to address the impacts of both the climate emergency and the pandemic.
Our commitment to sustainability… for your community.
Easy access to nature
We want people to understand and appreciate the natural world around them. That’s why we create opportunities to interact with nature, developing public footpaths to bring our communities closer to the green space nearby.
Sustainable transport options
We have created pedestrian crossings, wider pavements and reduced traffic speeds to create a safer outside space for families.
We go above and beyond to increase biodiversity on our sites by 10%, benefitting local people and native species. Our neighbourhoods incorporate bat boxes, bird boxes, and hedgehog-friendly fences to support the movement of wildlife.
We help our residents understand the local wildlife, providing education at interesting points around our communities.
Innovative house types
We’re working to provide different house types to suit everyone, no matter their lifestyle and needs. This will create diverse communities and houses that serve the changing needs of the population.
Our commitment to sustainability… for your home.
Lower energy costs
From built-in energy saving elements, like triple glazing, to the tech that comes as standard, your home will reduce the energy you use and save you money.
Lots of light
Floor to ceiling VELFAC windows provide health and wellbeing benefits, help to reduce energy usage in the home and keep you warmer. And triple glazing means you’ll have an undisturbed, peaceful night’s sleep.
Wondrwall technology is used throughout our homes. The smart tech learns how you live and powers your house accordingly. It will make sure your home is warm for when you get home from work, and lights aren’t left on when you are out.
EV charging capabilities
All our homes come with the option to add electric vehicle charging capabilities, so you can make sustainable choices in other areas of your life.
Waste Water Heat Recovery
Our homes have a clever system that takes heat out of waste water, like shower water, to preheat cold water coming into the home, to improve the efficiency of your boiler and reduce energy usage.
Five-Year Sustainability Plan
We started with a five-year plan, led by the UN’s Sustainability Goals, and our own seven guiding sustainability principles.
Social Value Framework
We create new training, employment and local business opportunities through our regeneration activities. We want to leave lasting legacies in the communities in which we operate. So, we look to partner with local subcontractors, provide opportunities for local apprenticeships and upskilling programmes, and support local supply chains.
UN’s SDGs and Sustainable Communities
We support the principles of the UN’s SDGs and have started to look at how we can play our part in contributing to them. We have prioritised the four that are most relevant to our business activities and recognise that none could be achieved without working in partnership with our stakeholders.
Waste Capture Scheme
To minimise waste production through our build specification, we aim to quantify and qualify the materials wasted during the construction phase of a new build Northstone home. We will use this initiative as a baseline for reducing significant waste materials in future developments, with the overall goal of reducing our carbon footprint.
Waste Water Heat Recovery
We are committed to continually improving the sustainability of our existing assets. Our homes have been designed from the outset to minimise their carbon footprint through energy efficient design and waste water heat recovery.
We aim to embrace a low carbon energy strategy in order to develop highly sustainable and smart built environments. Our homes are performing between 16-18% above the Building Regulation Part L1A 2013 requirements.
We innovate, adapt and regenerate spaces and places. We create sustainable, energy efficient homes in pedestrian-led, community-focused spaces that will shape the future of living. Focussing on sustainable use of natural resources, reduction of waste and sustainable and responsible business practises.
The first major property company to achieve the energy management standard ISO 50001 in 2015
Demonstrating our commitment to sustainability through the UK Green Building Council
Helping City of Trees to plant a tree for every person in Greater Manchester
To put an even greater focus on the need for climate resilience, we have joined Business Declares
Demonstrating support for the UN’s SDGs
The first developer to achieve the BREEAM communities standard at MediaCityUK in 2011
We received Quality Awards from the National Housing Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards 2021 & 2022
The first homebuilder in the UK to become a Gold Member of The Wildlife Trust
Triple award winner at the 2022 NW Homebuilder Awards
Environmental/Sustainability Award – Silkash
Housebuilder of the Year 2023
Sustainability Updates, Policies and Metrics
Carbon Literacy Training
Social Value Baselines
Peel L&P Reports and Policies