Green Home Awards launched by Homebuilding & Renovating

More and more these days when considering home renovation and extension, many owners are interested in perhaps achieving aspects of sustainability within their plans as and when is possible. We at Mint are, of course, familiar with various aspects of home supply products in the sustainable field. This aspect of our industry is for sure a fast moving and essential development relating to key product supply and building design.

For both interest and information, our Editor spotted online this week news of the inaugural Homebuilding & Renovating ‘Green Home Awards’. Their report highlights that both suppliers of heat pumps and solar panels will be eligible to take part, along with all other green home companies whose home improvements can make a sustainability difference to home-owners in terms of reducing their energy costs and/or lowering their carbon emissions.

UK eligibility

News is that any UK company is eligible to enter. Given the current climate and the busy time being faced for businesses in this particular arena, there is a looming end of February deadline to enter. The entry form takes less than five minutes to complete and all entries need a 500-word summary of the product or business entering the contest. There is a wide-range of award categories aimed at commending companies that are leading the way in safeguarding the future of the construction industry, and contributing towards the net-zero carbon movement.

online categories

Some of the awards include: Best Heat Pump;Best Solar Panel; Best Biomass Boiler; Best Insulation Product or Supplies….and more. All categories are scheduled online. The winners will be announced on 22 April 2021 to coincide with Earth Day.

judging experts

The Homebuilding and Renovating operation explain that any UK or European company can enter as many categories as they see fit. An expert panel of judges will be reviewing all entries, but, add the Homebuilding and Renovating team, these expert judges will specifically be looking for a range of key required approaches, features and factors needed in order to win an award.

think ‘visually

The Judges will be comparing entries to spot and decide that all important reason why a particular entry stands out. They indicate that thinking visually, through submitting videos, images and links alongside entries, will help to provide a more comprehensive application and will tempt a positive response from the judges.

delivering value

Any claims made about products will need to be backed up with data – to show the judges that a company’s products/solutions are truly delivering value to the market. Examples include client feedback, market growth or industry accreditation.

right time

Adds Jason Orme, managing director of Homebuilding & Renovating, said, “As the green building market continues to grow exponentially and enters the mainstream for homebuilding with more accessible and competitive products and innovations, we identified that the time is right to celebrate sustainability in the sector. We hope these pioneering companies will realise their ground-breaking work and nominate themselves in our inaugural awards to receive the recognition and plaudits they deserve.”

Heat pumps stats update

A telling endispiece perhaps to highlight here is a note on Heat Pumps – very much a key part of sustainability in homes and buildings, of course! We understand that almost double the amount of orders for heat pumps have been placed with suppliers in 2021 to meet growing demand.

The Heat Pump Association (HPA), which represents around 95% of the heat pump manufacturing market share, has revealed that 67,000 heat pumps have been ordered by manufacturers for this year – nearly double the number of heat pumps currently on shelves. The HPA says that this new estimation, gleaned from a survey of HPA members, indicates growing confidence in delivering the much talked of scale up of heat pumps.

We at Mint Builders are here to help with any questions and ideas relating to sustainability issues for your home extension or renovation. We have the expert contacts on hand to help ensure your new extension gets sorted without any expensive blunders, issues or problems.

Please request your project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email mintbuilders@hotmail.co.uk