Our continuous strive towards sustainability





Our commitment

Coastal has a continued commitment towards sustainability and has already completed a number of projects to work towards this objective. We continually seek new ways to help towards sustainability and have outlined a few of our projects below:

Low carbon homes – Coed Darcy

Receiving funding from the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, this exciting project brings the first modular homes to Coastal. Benefits of building modular homes include a shorter construction time as well as reducing carbon emissions by half of site built homes with all six modular homes having an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least an ‘A’.

All of the modular homes were manufactured off site by Ilke Homes at its factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire and then delivered to our site in Neath where they were installed. Watch the installation of the first home below:

Coastal – a SHIFT Gold-accredited organisation

Coastal was awarded SHIFT Gold accreditation in late 2022 following the second independent audit of our business against environmental targets. SHIFT is the sustainability standard for the housing sector and carries out audits across the UK. Our first audit in 2021 resulted in a Silver accreditation so we are delighted to be moving in the right direction when it comes to sustainability.

Eco house with shift gold logo superimposed

Low Carbon Homes – Down To Earth

row of houses in pennardWith funding from Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, we’re working alongside Down To Earth Construction to build 6 low carbon homes, where local materials are a common feature and are built through sustainable construction methods. Down To Earth are a not for profit organisation who work with vulnerable groups to promote health and well-being through construction projects.

 

 

Low Carbon Homes – Clos Yr Haul

Boasting 6 timber semi-detached houses with solar panels, Clos Yr Haul in Ammanford was also another development of Coastal’s which has been built with sustainability in mind.

Producing their own energy through solar panels, these homes will save 180,00 tonnes of CO2 over the next 6 decades which is equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road or planting two million trees. Recycled newspaper has been used to create high levels of insulation alongside the local made timber frames and cladding, which together helps lock atmospheric carbon.

Find our more information by watching our short video below.

Optimised Retrofit programme

green home energyThe Optimised Retrofit Programme is Welsh Government funded. The objective of this project is to decarbonise existing homes to a point where they no longer remit any greenhouse gases. The programme is geared to gather a great deal of data, including indoor temperatures and thermal resistance of walls so that each type of dwelling in Wales can receive a ‘passport’. Head to the Optimised-retrofit.wales for more information. 

 

Sustainable estates – Nature zones

wild flowers

In our ongoing efforts towards sustainability, our caretakers committed to reducing their usage of tools and machinery which use non-renewable fuels. This change would reduce the release of CO2 into the atmosphere and local environments, creates a reduction in noise pollution, and preserves habitat shelters and pollination opportunities for wildlife. Currently we have 13 battery operated garden machinery (8 mowers, 4 Strimmer’s & 1 Blower) and looking to expand on this. This reduces Coastal’s dependence upon fossil fuels as well as the associated carbon emissions. You can find out more from our Estates Team by heading to our Nature Zone page.

 

 

Coastal Office roof

coastal roof top in the summer

Coastal’s offices at High Street had previously been covered with decking and an astroturf area, largely so that the roof space could be used by people whilst the roof membrane remained protected. In 2019, a successfulapplication for green in

frastructure pilot scheme grants meant that Coastal secured funding in order to swap out the astroturfed roof areas for 154sqm of intensive green roof, with pollinator friendly plants and shrubs which were installed and completed in 2021.

Electric Vehicle Fleet

caretaker with vanWe currently have 15 electric vehicles in our fleet and 26 charging points, from central Swansea to Waunceirch in Neath and Ynys Lee, north of Port Talbot. This network makes electric vans a real option for wider deployment, especially as battery technology (and hence driving range) improves.

 

 

 

Keeping it local

Coastal has a local procurement preference; that is, in order to keep money within our local economies we will seek to purchase goods, supplies and services from as close to us as possible, and from within Wales where this is not possible. Last year, 62% of Coastal’s spend was with suppliers based within Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot or Bridgend with a further 20% spent with suppliers based with Wales.

Community benefits – Horizon Fund

Coastal has created the Horizon fund for civic improvement across the city and county of Swansea by supporting projects that are part of the Crowdfund Swansea movement. We have published a list of the themes we’re particularly interested in funding through the 2021 crowdfunding cycle and this includes Sustainability and Green Initiatives. So far Horizon has supported 2 projects with the maximum £1K pledge. These are:

Onwards & Uplands A project to make the Brynmill and Uplands areas of Swansea greener, cleaner, happier and more walkable, with raised beds for growing herbs, shrubs and wildflowers across the community.

Sweet Pickings A project that identifies and harvests waste fruit and vegetables across the city and county of Swansea and makes the produce available to food banks, soup kitchens and other community food projects.

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