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.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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