Building features

• In considering the plan a compact building shape reduces heat loss.

• Some situations may allow for the protection afforded by earth-berming and buffer spaces.

• Heated areas within the dwelling should be isolated from unheated spaces by providing insulation in the partitions between such spaces.

• Glazing must be low emissivity (Low E) double glazing, preferably in a timber frame. If metal frames are necessary there should be a thermal break between the frame and the glass.

• Areas of non-beneficial windows should be minimised.

• The detailing of joints in the building fabric can have a significant impact on energy efficiency.

• Potential cold bridges should be eliminated.

• Fabric insulation which is significantly better than the minimum required by regulation is strongly recommended.

• Air tightness should achieve a level of at most three air changes per hour at 50 pascals pressure in association with heat recovery ventilation.

• Care should be taken in the design of conservatories which should be able to be isolated from the main occupied area; at the same time account should be taken of probable air flow patterns. The heating of conservatories usually results in a net energy deficit.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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