Gusto Homes, based in Collingham, to become a registered community interest company
A construction company is to partner with councils and other landowners wanting to deliver high performance, low-carbon homes in green, healthy communities.
It is part of Gusto Homes’ development in becoming a community interest company, which means its profits will be used for the interests of the public.
In a webinar hosted to support Earth Day, chief executive Steff Wright announced the new partnership model.
He said: “If we are to build better homes and communities following the covid-19 lockdown, we need a new system that isn’t just focused on maximising shareholder profit. It will take a real partnership effort between government, local authorities, businesses, and the local community.”
Collingham-based Gusto Homes has been one of the UK leaders in the design and building of eco-homes for more than 20 years.
It started its first project, Millennium Green, in 1998 — 24 new homes that used 50% less energy and 50% less water compared with standard building regulation homes.
The project was so far ahead of its time it attracted national interest, resulting in Steff Wright speaking at industry conferences alongside arranging educational visits to the site.
The development was filmed by the BBC for the Open University and it influenced the national Code for Sustainable Homes in 2004.
As evolving building regulations have raised the performance of new homes, Gusto Homes has continued to raise its horizons with its recently-completed project Woodlands Edge development in Lincoln and its 150-home mixed-use development in Collingham called The Future.
The Earth Day webinar was broadcast from the Gusto’s Home Of The Future in Collingham — a solar electric show home fitted out with the sustainable lifestyle products and technology.
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