Ashfield Building Group have started work on a new development which has been designed to be certified as an outstanding example of sustainable construction.

Located off Church Lane in Chapel Allerton, the scheme for this new build family home will receive Silver Standard Certification from the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB), an industry network with a common aim of promoting best practice in environmentally sustainable building. The property was designed by Leeds Environmental Design Association (LEDA) and is being built by Ashfield Building Group with consultation provided by a Technical Member of the Arboricultural Association to advise on tree protection measures. Ashfield Building Group are combining traditional construction methods with the installation of contemporary features for sustainable building, including photovoltaic panels and heat recovery ventilation. The building will also feature external rendering, timber cladding and a Colourcoat Urban standing-seam roof. Its exceptional energy efficiency will be enhanced with high levels of insulation and air tightness.

Ashfield Building Group Director, Joel Ramsden, said:

“Ashfield Building Group take great pride in delivering eco-friendly construction which minimises carbon footprint. The Chapel Allerton project is a prime example of this approach and we are delighted to be part of a team which has achieved certification from the AECB, a highly regarded organisation which recognises excellence in design and construction, rather than gimmicks and green accounting tricks. Its standards are founded on a detailed and realistic understanding of the performance of buildings, constructed in the real world, for real users.”

The AECB was established in 1989 to increase the construction industry’s awareness of the need to respect the environment. It is run by its members as an independent, not-for-profit organisation which brings together builders, architects, manufacturers, housing associations, local authorities, individuals, students and educational establishments. The AECB’s self-certification route requires the self-certifier (typically the building’s energy consultant) to take responsibility for certification and to underwrite the Silver Standard claim.