December 08, 2020

Sustainability Variables in Build to Rent Developments You Need to Know

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here’s no doubt that the damage done to the Earth has had a massive impact on our everyday life. According to National Geographic, as a population we have added enough greenhouse gases to raise the Earth’s temperature by 1.8 degrees fahrenheit over the last two centuries, causing extreme weather events and the melting of the polar ice caps.

Because of Earth’s declining health, it’s never been more important to explore new ways of conducting business without negatively impacting the planet. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to build to rent developments, which is why we’ll be exploring the sustainability variables you should be aware of to reduce your carbon footprint.

What are Sustainability Variables in Build to Rent Developments?

Sustainability variables in build to rent developments are factors that can be changed to make the damage done to the environment less bad. This can include waste management, energy usage and even finding ways to incorporate nature into your developments.

The more elements you can improve, the lower your carbon footprint will be, which leads to a more sustainable scheme.

Fortunately for the environment, many build to rent developments are now being constructed with sustainability in mind. Blackhorse Mills in Walthamstow, London was the first BTR building to be certified to the Home Quality Mark by BRE Global. It’s also the largest residential development to achieve that accolade.

By carefully considering the design of the scheme, the constructors were able to improve ventilation, reduce overheating and develop communal green spaces that encourage residents to walk and cycle. With help from the right team, this could be possible for your development, too.

Sustainability Variables in Furnishing BTR Developments

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to reduce the amount of waste produced when furnishing build to rent developments. We’ve found many methods that work for us and our BTR clients, which have greatly reduced carbon emissions. Here’s how we can help with your project:


Recycling is a huge part of our business mantra. Whenever we deliver items to a development, we offer to remove, replace and recycle any old items that you don’t need any more, as well as all the packaging that comes with our products.

We send 89% of recyclable waste to an RDF facility where it can be converted and repurposed into electricity. We’re also partnered with a specialist recycling company that breaks down old mattresses and saves them from going into a landfill. So far, we’ve sent over 3000 mattresses to this facility, putting the materials to much better use.

Sourcing Sustainable Materials

The world has been changing for quite some time, and we have been at the forefront catering to these needs. Many of our clients prefer using more ethical materials, which is why we source faux fabric furnishings for anyone who requests them.

Where possible, we’ll use natural materials like wood, bamboo and bark because they are easier to recycle and are biodegradable. This means we do the least amount of damage to the planet as possible when furnishing.

Biophilic Design

There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence to support the use of biophilia in Interior Designs. Not only does biophilic design improve the mental wellbeing of residents, it can help purify the air and encourage a stronger connection with nature.

Plantlife in your build to rent developments will absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. While recent studies have shown that only having a few plants will create very little impact, putting a substantial amount of greenery in your developments will still help absorb toxins in the air and can prevent harmful bacteria from settling in.

The Benefits of Being Sustainable

There are many reasons why you want your build to rent developments to be known as sustainable. These include:

An Improved Brand Image

Being able to promote a low carbon footprint will go a long way in bolstering your brand’s image. Potential residents and investors want to know you’re doing the right thing by the environment, and putting effort into sustainability shows your brand is responsible and capable.

In turn, this has the potential to attract more attention to your current and future developments, which can lead to bigger investments and renting out your units quicker.

Reduced Costs for You & Residents

Sustainable business practices create long-term efficiency, which means using fewer resources, improving productivity and ultimately reducing costs. While some methods do include initial expenditure, such as installing solar panels, they’re meant to be seen as a long-term solution, meaning the benefits will come as time goes on.

Naturally, if your costs and resource usage are lowered, you can pass that saving onto residents, which can help attract new tenants or encourage existing ones to extend their lease.

Reduced Waste

This may be the most obvious point, but it’s always worth remembering the main aim of creating sustainable build to rent developments. By optimising your procedures, you can massively reduce your carbon footprint in almost every capacity.

Less products and packaging will end up in landfills, renewable energy will be used to power rooms, all of which will lead to a cleaner, safer environment. When looking for partners to help develop your projects, you should always see what steps they’ve taken to reduce their waste output. This will show you who takes their corporate responsibilities seriously and who is on the same wavelength as you.

A Sustainable Build to Rent Development

Helping improve the planet in any way we can is a main driver for us. We’re constantly looking at how we can grow and offer more services to reduce the carbon footprint that can come from build to rent developments.

The strategies we currently have in place work for us and our clients, and we want to do our part in making sure they can work for you, too. If you want to create a more sustainable BTR scheme, get in contact with our team. We can furnish your entire development in the most environmentally friendly way possible.