Design Advice - Residential




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of energy efficient building, space and water heating systems

When thinking about building an energy efficient home, the starting point should be how to reduce as far as possible the heat loss through the structure and thus the energy required to heat it. Only then should the various options for heating the space be investigated.

With this in mind, the level of insulation in roofs, walls and floors as well as the insulating properties of the windows all become very important in the design of any building.

Today, in addition to the standard ‘block-cavity-block’ wall construction there are numerous constructions available offering very high insulating properties from a variety of suppliers and manufacturers. Also there is a vast range of differing glazing solutions available giving varying levels of insulation.

Once the thermal properties of your building are known, the heating system can be properly designed to suit without fear of over or under sizing of boilers, radiators etc..

It can be easy these days to spend a lot of money on a heating system that promises low energy bills and energy savings. Care should be taken to balance the actual spend on any system against the real savings achieved on your heating bill. In some cases it may be over 20 years before you see a real cost benefit when you take into account the initial spend on the system.

Also as space and water heating systems become more complicated with higher levels of control, it is essential that they are installed properly and evidence provided to the owner that they are in full working order and doing what they are designed to do before the owner takes possession.

As certified building services engineers we are experts in the field of space and water heating systems, ventilation systems and power and lighting installations. We can offer a full analysis including budget costs for different constructions, what levels of insulation can be achieved, space and water heating systems, ventilation systems and what implications these will have in terms of running costs for the end user. We can also ensure that all systems are in proper working order before hand-over to the owner.


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