Why we are the right builder for eco-friendly homes
What makes an Eco-Friendly home?
Southerly aspect should be a key consideration when purchasing your block of land, as having access to the southern sun guarantees a host of energy-saving opportunities.
Solar Passive Design & Orientation
Living areas ideally located on the south side of the home, harvesting natural light year round and winter sun in the cooler months. Wet areas and rooms used mostly at night can be to the north.
Correct location and volume of thermal mass will absorb, store, and release winter sun heating the home at no cost. In summer, the same thermal mass provides a cooling element for the home.
The home needs to be super-insulated from ceiling to floor, with care taken to not compress or leave gaps during installation. A thorough and careful approach delivers significantly better results.
Green homes are draft-proofed to European standards, which provide 4 to 5 times less air leakage than a standard new American home. Quality draft proofing also dramatically increases the efficiency of any heating or cooling mechanism being used in the home.
Roof Line and Shading
Correct eave length will control when the sun’s energy enters the home, and when it doesn’t. Shorter eaves suit cooler climates and longer eaves suit hotter climates.
Window Positions and Glazing
Windows are correctly positioned with reference to eaves and shadow lines, ensuring maximum benefit. Correct glazing for your climate is essential, and the cost of glazing options versus efficiency gaines needs to be carefully considered.
A well designed green home encourages natural breezes through the home, affording the best opportunities to cool the home naturally at no cost. Doors, windows and general layout should always benefit this.
Size of Your Home
When designing your home, consider the amount of space that you will use. The larger the home, the more it will cost to build, heat, cool, and maintain.
Use earth friendly, non-toxic and preferably local materials.
Water & Sustainable Energy
Solar Heated Hot Water can deliver one of the biggest energy savings in a green home, while harvesting rainwater and using it in the home further boosts efficiency. Solar panels can also be of benefit in most Green Homes.
Rainwater Management Water Solutions:
Fittings & Appliances
Choose sustainable, high efficiency and environment friendly fittings & appliances to ensure your home is performing as efficiently as possible.
Energy Star Products:
A well designed garden can improve your home’s ability to maintain a constant temperature all year round. Well placed indigenous trees and plants can enhance the passive design features of a home.