A more sustainable approach to second homes in Spain
Spanish housebuilder focuses on choosing natural materials and prioritising products from local suppliers, following an increased demand for sustainable second homes.
Sustainability is a big concern for an increasing number of holiday homebuyers, according to Spanish housebuilder Taylor Wimpey España. With this in mind, the firm is showcasing its take on building second homes sustainably with villas located across southern Spain.
Sales and marketing director, explained: “There are concepts which apply as standard when building homes sustainably, such as choosing natural materials and prioritising goods from local sources. It’s also important to understand the context of each site and how best to harness natural energy sources.
“Using aerothermal energy systems, for example, can extract up to 75% of energy from outside air, which can then be used to heat homes. That can deliver significant energy and cost savings for second home buyers.”
According to the team, since half of Europe’s energy consumption relates to heating and cooling buildings, switching to aerothermal heating can make a significant difference.
The villas include thermal insulation of exterior walls, roofs and windows, the provision of LED lighting, double glazing and low-consumption appliances, and pre-installation for charging electric vehicles.
Other benefits are site-specific. Breeze, in Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante, for example, is well located for accessing the local public transport network, providing homebuyers with a range of alternatives to using cars.
“We often think about energy efficiency and natural materials in terms of reducing properties’ impact on the planet. However, there are other benefits too. More energy-efficient properties can save owners money on their gas and electricity bills. Internal air quality can benefit too, which can deliver wellbeing benefits for owners,” added .
The firm’s detached homes at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Mallorca showcase the team’s ideas in action.
The three-bedroom villas each have a large terrace with a private garden and swimming pool. Keen cyclists are also well served, with Sa Rapita providing an excellent starting point for various exploratory routes across the island.
The kitchen features a worktop and oven front panel made from compact quartz and is equipped with an oven, induction hob, integrated refrigerator and dishwasher by Siemens. The extractor hood, manufactured by Pando, is integrated into the ceiling and the single sink is in stainless steel with taps by Tres.