In 2016 we reduced our carbon intensity by over 5% across many aspects of our business - our offices, building sites and travel, and we have improved the energy efficiency of our offices and site based activities by 1%, despite increasing the number of homes we have built by 5%.
We are committed to reducing our waste on site, reusing and recycling as much as possible. In fact, 95% of it gets recycled rather than ending up in landfill^. We continuously strive to be one of the most responsible developers in handling our site waste.
We procure timber from sustainable sources. All of our group procured timber^, which accounts for over 90% of what we buy, is certified by either the Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), ensuring that the wood we use to build your home is sourced responsibly. Just another reason to love your Barratt home.
It takes a lot of materials to build a new home, so we work with suppliers who can provide recycled materials, which are rigorously tested to ensure high quality. For example over 70,000 of our windows, include up to 14% recycled PVC components. 30% of Barratt homes are connected to a renewable energy source including photovoltaic panels and on a bigger scale such as our Garnett Wharfe site where we have installed a hydro-electric generator harnessing the power of the local river to generate enough electricity to power 282 homes each year*
We are also a founding partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability (Homes) School and all our construction material suppliers are now members, allowing them free access to training and information on improving the sustainability of their own business. Through this initiative we are not only leading the way in supporting our suppliers, but also encouraging them to help us solve challenging sustainability issues in a cost effective way. Plus we look to support UK businesses, 90% of the construction materials that we source through our group agreements are manufactured in the UK.^