Sustainability & Why it Matters

The issue of sustainability is not new, but it’s very important, nonetheless. Whether building, refurbishing or extending a property, many resources are used, so taking their sustainability into consideration can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.

Whenever you’re making changes to your home, consider not only the use of eco-friendly materials, but also the use of sustainable practices. In this article, we’re taking a look at why this is so important and why you may want to incorporate it in your next project.

Help to Protect the Planet

As building contractors in Leicester, we understand that choosing sustainable materials will help you to have a more positive impact on the environment. Using recycled materials, for example, helps to preserve natural resources and cuts down the volume of harmful substances released into the atmosphere that occur during the mining process.

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In addition, the manufacturing of sustainable materials is also more likely to create less waste going to landfill, which is a good way to protect the ecosystem. Materials that are more energy-efficient can also cut down your electricity bills, something that will have a positive effect on the planet too.

Other environmental benefits include a boost in water conservation, the improvement of the air and water surrounding the premises and a reduction in harmful emissions during the construction process.

While it may seem like just one home – or extension – won’t make a difference, we can all contribute to a healthier planet little by little. Future generations will also learn how to live more sustainably if we begin to implement these measures now.

Have a Long-Lasting Build

Sustainability means longevity so, in order to help the planet, it’s also necessary to choose materials that can stand the test of time. The same goes for techniques; we understand how to create builds and extensions that last a lifetime and more, so that you don’t have to worry about having to replace them over time or re-do areas of the property due to wear and tear. Not only can this help your wallet, but it also helps the environment.

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And, of course, sustainable materials should also not harm the environment – concrete is responsible for a massive amount of man-made CO2 (especially due to its production and transport). From solar panels to reclaimed wood, the options are endless.

Create a Healthier Home

Another thing that you may not have considered before in regard to sustainable materials is how they can create a healthier home. A lot of man-made materials have substances that can be harmful so, by choosing eco-friendly materials, you are also more likely to improve the indoor air quality of your property.

For instance, laminate flooring can have toxic glues – while the amount of toxicity in these products may not be enough to cause serious issues to your health, they should still be avoided.

Improve the Resale Value of Your Home

With the increased focus on eco-friendlier practices and materials, having a sustainable home can actually help to boost its value when you’re ready to sell. A greener property is an incentive for many people looking to buy, since they know they will be saving money in the long run.

What’s more, just because you’ve chosen sustainable materials doesn’t mean you’re limited to a specific style or décor. On the contrary, you have the freedom to choose from a wide range of material options, so you don’t have to worry about the aesthetic side of your build or expansion. This can also add value to the property and may even help you to sell it faster.


Using eco-friendly materials will be most cost-effective as well, especially in the long run. After all, sustainable materials are durable and less likely to need repairing or replacing – for example, bamboo, natural fiber and metal roofing can last for a long time and are easy to maintain. It’s no wonder, therefore, that these items are becoming more popular in construction.

You may find that reused or recycled items can be cheaper as well, which can be another way to save money.

Preventing Local Resources from Depleting

Another thing to take into account is that new builds and even extensions can put a strain on local resources. As more and more people flock to an area, shared resources like water and energy can become constrained so, by using sustainable practices and materials, you can help to minimise this issue.

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Sustainable practices and materials reduce the carbon footprint associated with construction and also help you to cut down waste and save energy. This means that it’s important we all do our part.

At Heritage Builders, we offer many services you can take advantage of, and which will result in beautiful builds, refurbishments and extensions that will stand the test of time. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more about how we can help or send us a message on and we’ll get back to you.