It’s not too much of a stretch to realise that a smaller home will be cheaper to heat and power, by virtue of its size. But with our house designs, we’ve also looked at build methods and new technologies that can add to the already-guaranteed savings. Here’s how we create our incredibly energy-efficient Smaller Homes.
Maintaining ambient temperatures with SIPs panels.
The thermal performance and air tightness of the structurally insulated panels (SIPs) from which we construct our modules guarantee a constant ambient temperature within the building year-round. This means that maintaining a comfortable environment requires only minimal adjustments in temperature, and therefore heating and energy consumption compare very favourably to a traditional build.
Minimise heat loss with insulated foundations.
Sources around the web put heat loss through your floor at anywhere between 10% and 25%. If you’re looking to remedy this in an existing home, your options are limited to insulating blankets or rigid insulation, but in a new-build you have another option available to you – an insulated foundation. Not only does an insulated foundation use up to 50% less concrete, but it offers a vast reduction in heat loss and cold bridging.
Efficient heating of the home with Air Source Heat Pumps.
As mentioned above, the the construction of your Smaller Home guarantees a consistent ambient temperature indoors, so minimal heating is required when you need to warm the place up a little. We specify air source heat pumps, which extract warm air from outside (even when it’s below zero) and use it to fuel underfloor heating. This way, heat is more equally radiated around the home, and no wall or floor space is lost to radiators.
Hot Water and Electricity provided by Solar Panels.
Using solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity not only future-proofs your Smaller Home against rising energy rates, but also offers the chance to earn money by selling electricity back to the National Grid. We specify quality Solar PV panels from suppliers with proven past performance and reliability, and will work with them to ensure that the system is set up to provide maximum sunlight exposure.