For most people the driving reason behind building a low energy home is about saving energy and therefore money. Undoubtedly the whole abstract idea of saving the planet comes into it but the reality is that it comes down to low bills.
It is a wonderful by-product that low energy spaces properly built are far nicer places to live. Still, calm, healthier and quiet they are almost unnervingly comfortable. Once you’ve experienced low energy housing you will never want to live in a draughty and cold old school home again.
Smart Design – One of the best things to come out of the whole sector is thermal modelling. This is the ability to use computer programmes to test the energy, thermal and water performance of a design as it evolves. This allows designers to optimise a buildings shape, orientation, windows and insulation to passively use the sun to do as much heating and lighting as possible.
Beware of Overheating – All these large south-facing windows and lots of insulation are wonderful but many new builds are suffering for over heating. With our climate set to warm considerable over the next 50 years this is only going to get worse. One of the main reasons for thermal modelling is to test for possible overheating and design it out at an early stage.
Don't Lose The Joy – It is easy with all the additional complexity of all these issues to lose sight of the fact that your house should be joyful and inspiring. Sometimes low energy architecture can become a little too worthy and rational. You need a bit of magic and spark in a project, don’t let low energy concerns kill that.
Whether new build or refurbished, low energy homes are not easy to achieve but once you do, you’ll never go back. Low energy homes are the luxury of tomorrow.
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