- Taylor Wimpey España reports environmental matters continue to attract attention
- Solar panels and energy cost savings are buyers’ main focus
- New builds continue to out-perform second-hand homes in Spain
New build properties in Spain are winning over buyers thanks to their eco-friendly credentials, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. The company reports that solar panels and energy cost savings top buyers’ priority list when it comes to sustainability.
“All of our new homes achieve at least a B energy rating in terms of their sustainability and efficiency. It’s something that we’re increasingly talking to our buyers about – our virtual catalogues now have a dedicated sustainability section that outlines each development’s environmental credentials.”
Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España
The Taylor Wimpey España team believe that this is playing into new build properties’ continuing out-performance of older homes in the Spanish market. Pre-pandemic, new builds were enjoying higher price gains than second-hand homes. And while the Colegio de Registradores’ 2020 report shows a 16.7% overall contraction in market size due to the pandemic, the new build sector shrank by just 7.3%.
While solar panels tend to be the sustainability poster boy, creating more environmentally friendly holiday homes goes much further than this. New Taylor Wimpey España developments are built using materials and equipment with high percentages of recycled material. They feature low consumption lighting, appliances with the highest energy rating and aerothermal and solar photovoltaic energy to reduce CO2 emissions. There is also a ventilation system for indoor air renewal and an Airzone system to regulate the temperature in ducted air conditioning. Homes include a thermal break in the exterior carpentry and double glazing with air chamber.
Communal areas, meanwhile, include charging points for electric vehicles, community recycling facilities, programmable drip irrigation for landscaped areas and sensors, presence detectors and/or timers for lighting in common areas.