Scottish Daily Mail

Per­sim­mon goes green with its new home

- By Matt Oliver Persimmon plc · Jeff Fairburn

BRI­TAIN’S most prof­itable house­builder has re­vealed plans to go green as it re­builds its rep­u­ta­tion in the wake of a pay scan­dal.

Per­sim­mon, which prompted ou­trage by hand­ing former boss Jeff Fair­burn £82m in bonuses, is set to trial a zero-car­bon home for the first time next year.

The ex­per­i­ment will see a vol­un­teer fam­ily live in­side its ecofriendl­y prop­erty for two years to see whether or not it is prac­ti­cal.

The builder claims the de­tached, three-bed­room house is dif­fer­ent from those tried by other firms be­cause it uses a largely tra­diti onal de­sign that has been al­tered to i nclude the l at­est t ech­nolo­gies s uch as s olar pan­els, wa­ter re­cy­cling, air­tight in­su­la­tion and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems that re­tain heat.

The Gov­ern­ment wants to speed up the in­tro­duc­tion of tough en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards for new homes. And Si­mon Usher, a re­gional di­rec­tor who leads Per­sim­mon’s cli­mate change task force, told the Mail: ‘What we have asked is, if we were try­ing to build one of our cur­rent homes how dif­fi­cult would it be to achieve the zero car­bon stan­dard?

‘We think we have now man­aged to reach that point and this ex­per­i­ment will give us a base­line against our cur­rent homes.

‘We will put a fam­ily in there and have an agreement for them to let us mon­i­tor what they do and there will be all sorts of sen­sors on the house,’ he said.

Per­sim­mon is try­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate its im­age fol­low­ing crit­i­cism over shod­dily-built homes and huge bonuses, prompt­ing the de­par­ture of former boss Fair­burn ( pic­tured) in 2018.

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