N&P&#39s £5,000 reward for eco-sensitive self-builders

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&#39 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, &#39green&#39 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&#39s Call Centre on 0845 300 2522 or access the competition from the Society&#39s 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&#39s harmful greenhouse emissions for five years.