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UK-based Weston Group has announced its pledge to reach net-zero carbon for all three greenhouse gas emission scopes across its operations by 2040.

The group comprises housing developer Weston Homes, Weston Business Centres, and off-site construction company British Offsite.

The company is already investing in environmentally sustainable upgrades at its head office and car fleet, as well as expanding its off-site construction capabilities with a new factory in Braintree, Essex, UK.

Weston will begin to introduce eco-friendly construction and specification features across its residential and mixed-use developments.

Some of the design features that the company focuses on are biodiverse and brown roofs, ground and podium-landscaped areas, photovoltaic-powered buildings, parking bays with access to electric vehicle charging points, and more.

Weston Group chair and managing director Bob Weston said: “For over three decades we have continually striven to produce innovative, high-quality homes to appeal to purchasers from all walks of life.

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“There is now a strong ‘green premium’ from homebuyers, who are increasingly aware of the importance of environmental sustainability and also want energy-efficient homes which are designed to help minimise their fuel bills and running costs.”

Last month, British Offsite launched an off-site construction factory at the Horizon Business Park in Braintree.

Dubbed ‘Horizon’, the new £45m factory occupies an area of 137,000ft² and was designed in partnership with Swedish robotic engineer Randek.