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Bellway: The Future Home

National housebuilder Bellway has taken part in the Friends of Energy House 2.0 programme alongside its wider Future Homes project to ensure that its learnings are shared both within the industry and beyond.

The work that the University is undertaking with its partners through Friends of Energy House 2.0 aligns strongly with Bellway’s own all-encompassing sustainability strategy, called Better with Bellway.

Better with Bellway outlines eight sustainability priorities for the company, including carbon reduction, customers and community, being an employer of choice, sustainable supply chains and resource efficiency, amongst others. Bellway’s mission is to deliver better homes and better communities, and to help to protect the environment – putting people and planet first.

Bellway’s project at Energy House 2.0, The Future Home, is allowing the award-winning housebuilder to test green technologies in a number of real-life scenarios, research which aims to help lead the industry’s drive to lower carbon emissions, and provide evidence for the ways the homes of the future should be built.

At the facility, Bellway is testing several types of heating, including the UK’s first roof-mounted air source heat pump and infrared panels, as well as mechanical ventilation, double versus triple glazing on windows and a prototype shower which recovers heat from wastewater.

Being able to test so many different elements in a laboratory setting has provided the ideal opportunity for Bellway to share what it is learning. The developer has invited groups of employees from across the country to tour the facility, providing a firsthand, and educational, experience for its people.

Bellway has also showcased the work being undertaken at The Future Home @ Energy House 2.0 during visits from the Future Homes Hub and students at City Skills, part of Salford City College Group.

Construction students at Newhouse Academy in Heywood were able to hear from Bellway Manchester site manager Sam Ward, who led building works on this project. He visited the school to give a presentation on the experimental eco-home and the new technologies being tested, as well as offering advice on careers in construction.

Tony Atkin, Bellway Group Production Managing Director, said: “Friends of Energy House 2.0 has provided the opportunity for Bellway to work with The University of Salford and other partners in a way which truly complements the future-focused work happening at Energy House labs.

“Having the technologies in place is a key part of building sustainable and attainable homes in the future, but it’s also vital that we share what we’ve learned about green energy with the next generation of workers.

“We need to encourage and support young people into housebuilding, ensuring that the workforce is diverse, engaged and ready to make a positive impact as we work towards net zero.”

The Future Home @ Energy House 2.0 has also had a positive impact for Bellway’s supply chain, with suppliers providing products for the test home – and learning from the pioneering research being carried out – including Nuspan flooring, Donaldson Timber, Mira Showers, Worcester-Bosch and UK Cylinders.


  • The Future Home, which was built by Bellway at The University of Salford’s Energy House 2.0 facility.

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About Bellway Homes

Bellway Homes is a FTSE 250 Index listed residential housebuilder based in Newcastle upon Tyne, employing almost 3,000 staff across 21 Divisions across England, Scotland and Wales.

Bellway began as a small family business in the North East in 1946 – with a passion for building exceptional quality homes in carefully selected locations, inspired by the needs of real families. We are proud of our heritage in the North East, and remain one of the region’s largest employers, with our Head Office still being located in Newcastle upon Tyne.

To this day, we maintain these same core values, combining our decades of expertise with the level of personalised care that Bellway is known for.

We are delighted to have been awarded 5 star builder status by the Home Builders Federation for the seventh year running, with 9 out of 10 customers saying they would recommend us to a friend.