New home sales boom in Yorkshire as buyers prioritise energy savings

House buyers in Yorkshire are increasingly placing energy efficiency as a top priority when searching for a new home, a regional developer has revealed.
Home styles on one of Mulgrave Properties' recent developmentsHome styles on one of Mulgrave Properties' recent developments
Home styles on one of Mulgrave Properties' recent developments

Mulgrave Properties said demand for its new build houses is soaring on the back of an independent report from The Home Builders Federation, which found such properties have utility bills up to £2,600 per year lower than older dwellings – equivalent to around £220 per month.

Energy costs skyrocketed by more than 80 per cent in 2022 and the price of poorly insulated homes will become very apparent this winter.

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The expense of heating a home with low quality insulation is set to be around £350 higher than a brand-new home from January to March, according to figures from the Resolution Foundation.

A showhome kitchen at the Tockwith development by Mulgrave PropertiesA showhome kitchen at the Tockwith development by Mulgrave Properties
A showhome kitchen at the Tockwith development by Mulgrave Properties

David Smith, director of sales at Mulgrave Properties, which has new build developments across North and East Yorkshire, said: “On several occasions, the Government has attempted to introduce schemes to retrofit second-hand properties and improve energy efficiency, but older homes fail to reach the same standards as new.

“That is because new-build homes are constructed using advanced technologies, as well as being built to ever-evolving regulations. Meanwhile, older homes face extensive and often costly renovations to achieve an equivalent benchmark.”

The Watt a Save report studies data on the financial benefits and carbon efficiency of new and second-hand homes, compiled using research based on Government Energy Performance Certificate data.

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Published as the energy price cap came into force, it shows that the average new home uses around 100 kWh less per m2 per year, compared to older properties, at an average of 259 kWh per m2.

David Smith, sales director at Mulgrave PropertiesDavid Smith, sales director at Mulgrave Properties
David Smith, sales director at Mulgrave Properties

That means new-build properties save homeowners around £2,000 a year, as the average annual running costs for a new-build total £1,539, compared to older properties at around £3,570.

When assessing new build homes alone, as opposed to apartments or bungalows, savings increase to an average of around £2,600 per property per annum.

The Home Builders Federation report also found that when it came to EPC ratings - which measure a property’s energy efficiency - 84 per cent of new-build homes were rated B or above, while less than four per cent of existing homes reached that specification.

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The average new-build additionally emitted 1.4 tonnes of carbon over a 12-month cycle, while older properties emitted 3.7 tonnes in the same period.

David added: “Feedback from our recent sales shows us that energy efficiency is a critical priority for homeowners looking to save money and enhance their eco outlook.

"Given the enhanced energy ratings of Mulgrave Homes when compared to second-hand properties, it isn’t surprising that we’re seeing a steep rise in demand.

“A proposal is also passing through Parliament, which, if approved, would legally require all owner-occupied homes to achieve an EPC rating of C as a minimum by 2035. This all adds up to create huge savings for new-build buyers.”

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Mulgrave Properties has new-build homes currently available in Tockwith, Nosterfield and Market Weighton, with developments soon to be released in Sessay, Tollerton, Rufforth and Burniston near Scarborough, with more through 2023.

Mulgrave homes also achieve green property performance, which includes installing thermal floor-, ceiling- and cavity wall insulation, as well as high-functioning heating systems, energy-efficient boilers, brand-new kitchen and bathrooms, uPVC double-glazed windows and a 10-year NHBC warranty.