Unless you are from another planet, you will most likely have recognised that, since it is inescapably linked to CO2 emissions and Climate Change, from now on ENERGY is the BIG consideration when designing and building anything.
More dramatically, perhaps, any project that you have in mind for delivery from 2016 onwards is increasingly unlikely ever to be realised if it does not consider and deliver appropriate savings in both energy and CO2.
What Can We Do?
But beyond the latest Building Regulations and incremental moves toward Passivhaus in creating truly remarkably highly insulated buildings, what else can you / we do?
Although it’s now a bit dated, the NHBC Foundation’s report “Energy efficient fixed appliances and building control systems” examines the range of energy efficient fixed appliances and building control systems that are either currently available or are under development, It also considers how these might be incorporated into new low or zero carbon homes.
What will you be building after 2016?
The report models energy consumption and CO2 emissions from a home illustrative of those to be built from 2016, examines the performance of fixed appliances and building control systems, and identifies those that merit further investigation. Findings indicate that a number of the technologies examined offer significant potential for saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.
Healthy Indoor Environments
It also considers these in the context of the indoors environment and the quality of the places where many people spend most of their time.
As we head towards the zero carbon future for new homes, and begin to address the huge challenge of reducing energy consumption, it is clear that the correct choice of energy-efficient technologies is likely to make a valuable contribution.
After some quite detailed and in some cases fairly technical consideration , the report presents a shortlist of the 9 technologies highlighted in order of their potential, viz:-
- Demand control ventilation
- Whole house shutdown
- Next-generation Light Emitting Diode lighting
- Shower Waste Water Heat Recovery
- Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery
- Solar-assisted Positive Input Ventilation
- Efficient heating circulators
- Individual socket shutdown units
- Advanced Real Time Displays
Making the ‘Correct Choice’
In the words of the Rt. Hon, Nick Raynsford, MP
“As we head towards the zero carbon future for new homes, and begin to address the huge challenge of reducing energy consumption and achieving carbon emission savings in our homes, it is clear that the correct choice of energy efficient technologies is likely to make a valuable contribution.”
To help you decide you can read the full report here.
We’re here to help
Designing and building interesting and good looking homes that are comfortable and enjoyable to live in has become much more complex and difficult over the last decade or so. In our view it will continue to be ever more challenging.
We already put ‘Fabric First’ for our clients, providing a range of performance specification to satisfy all requirements. From basic structures and NO HEAT homes, to full Passivhaus, we help solve the many issues that architects and developers are forced to face.
But we are now going further, modelling whole house energy requirements and delivering innovative products and services to make them ever more efficient and effective.
So call us to talk over your needs and ideas – were here to help and only a ‘phone call – or e-mail – away.