Self-builders who have incorporated energy-saving features in to their homes could win £5,000 in a competition by Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.
The competition is open until 31st December 2002.
It is estimated that around 20,000 people self-build their own homes every year and that number is growing. Environmental group Future Forests will plant eight trees in a Future Forests woodland of the winners' choice to make the winning home “carbon neutral” for one year.
With the effects of global warming, such as increased flooding, being reported regularly around the world, 'green' mortgage lender N&P is holding the competition to raise awareness of how homes can be built in a more environmentally-responsible way.
Launched in July for home-owners who have undertaken a self-build that is kinder to the environment, the winning entry will be the property that is the most environmentally-friendly (in relation to location, construction, type, features and value) in the opinion of the judges. The competition is not restricted to N&P mortgage customers.
There are many energy-efficient features that can be incorporated into a brand new home including:
Building on a brownfield site (thereby not building on virgin countryside)
Water recycling systems that re-use household water
Super-efficient insulation and/or double-glazing
Energy-saving central heating/water heating systems and many more
Anyone interested in entering the competition can pick up a leaflet from any Norwich and Peterborough branch, telephone the Society's Call Centre on 0845 300 2522 or access the competition from the Society's website at www.npbs.co.uk.
N&P launched its first green mortgage in 1998. Just two years later in July 2000, N&P became the first mortgage lender to offer a Carbon Neutral® mortgage – developed in association with environmental group Future Forests. Today, for every green mortgage taken out, N&P plants 40 trees which offset the equivalent of an average property's harmful greenhouse emissions for five years.