Each location, whether it be an Audley or Mayfield village, undergoes expert consultation, planning and construction to prevent any harmful impact to the site and surrounding area. Helping to preserve the existing ecological value of the site, existing habitats are retained and protected whenever possible, and landscaping is done to ensure it adds to the outstanding natural beauty of the area.
With mature trees and significant wooded areas being a common feature of the Audley sites, detailed tree surveys are central to design across all the villages. Every care is taken to ensure the preservation of trees, with radar tree surveys informing building work from the very beginning to avoid any damage. Other valuable aspects of the landscape such as hedgerows and wetlands are also conserved where possible. Whenever conservation has proved not to be feasible, Audley has created new habitats.
When it comes to the construction stage, reduction of waste and pollution is a key priority. In conjunction with contractors, Audley seeks to review site waste management to reduce overall waste during construction and reuse and recycle materials wherever possible.
We are in the initial stages of integrating more technology into our completed villages to minimise the energy use of owners, such as the ability to use apps to control heating, low ozone‑depleting refrigerants and exploring the demand for electric car charging points. These are just some of the examples of how we intend to constantly evolve our sustainability efforts, alongside all of the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) that are already in place.
Audley Group recognises the need for sustainable development to be considered throughout our villages, with habitat creation, energy saving, recycling of materials and carefully considered maintenance central to each site.
Other sustainability initiatives include:
- Sustainable travel plan to reduce car journeys. Each Audley scheme has its own bus, used by owners and staff for journeys to the city/ village centre and to and from transport hubs
- During the refurbishment process Audley takes great care to maintain bat habitats. Surrounding trees are fitted with heated bat boxes; these have also been built
into the external fabric of the buildings
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies: convert sunlight into electrical energy reducing Audley’s carbon footprint
- Low-energy lighting: around 75% of light fittings make use of the latest light emitting diode (LED) technology
- Renewable air source heat pumps: high-efficiency technology provides heating for villages in areas where a mains gas service is unavailable
- Ground source heat pumps: highly efficient technology which has been introduced to provide heating to apartments where ground conditions are viable
- Energy recovery ventilation systems: during cooler weather, house ventilation systems recover heat from air being exhausted and use this to temper cooler fresh air coming into the buildings, reducing the need for thermal energy
- Combined heat and power: adopted where there are a cluster of buildings and the energy loads are favourable
- Water conservation: the incorporation of low-demand fittings and flow monitoring warn of potential leaks. The Group is also investigating opportunities for rainwater harvesting on larger developments
- In several sites allotments are provided to owners, helping to reduce the ecological footprint of the village and add to the natural beauty