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Sustainable Solutions

With the ever increasing energy cost for running homes as well as Government targets, it is becoming increasingly beneficial to reduce the demand for additional heating and cooling of properties. This can be achieved with some careful consideration towards the design and product selection for building materials, appropriate sustainable and renewable technologies and A rated appliances. These must be selected with a full understanding of the site specifics such as building orientation, micro and macro environment.

For example; If the roof can be designed to be south facing then a solar panel system such as photo voltaic or solar thermal could be installed to perform at their best.

Education is the key to the success of achieving a sustainable home with low running costs, not just for individuals within the construction industry but for the general public who also need to understand how to get their property to perform its most efficient level.

Please click here to read the Leasey Lodge Case Study

Leasey Lodge

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Very Sustainable 4 Bedroom Property set in approx 4 Acres.
Large Basement with Cinema, Utility, Swimming Pool, Shower/Changing Room, Plant Room,
Ground Floor: Large Kitchen and Open Plan Dinner, Living Room, Cloak Room, 4 Beds, One En Suite, Family Bathroom.

  • Heat Pumps: Underfloor Heating and Pool Heating
  • Rain Water: Toilet Cisterns
  • Photo Voltaic Panels: Generate Electricity.
  • Heat Recovery System

“In January 2011, my family and I placed our trust in Lansberry, to build us the house of our dreams. The house is unique with an imaginative design, combining the latest in technology with cutting edge ecological innovation in a traditional barn appearance, build in sympathy with the local environment.
It was a leap of faith involving all our savings plus some and I am delighted to say the building was completed on time and on budget and surpassed our expectations, with the after service you can only get from a family firm who take a pride in their work.”

Mr. P Moody, Leasey Lodge

Heat Pumps:

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There are two basic types of Heat Pumps, Air Source and Ground Source.

They create heating by taking heat from either the air or ground and transferring it to the heating system. They do this by using the same principles as a refrigerator.

  • Can use with under floor heating and traditional radiator systems.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Flexible applications.

Solar Panels:

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There are two types of Solar Panel systems, Photo Voltaic (Solar PV) and Solar Water Heating.

Solar PV is a system that Utilise the suns solar rays to generate free electricity. It relies on the light rather than the heat to generate power through the photovoltaic cells in the panels on the roof. This means that they work even through winter and also on cloudy days.

With the use of a converter, the electricity gets transferred from DC into the usable AC current that is used for power. Any spare electricity generated is fed back into the Grid.

Incentives:

  • Cash back schemes.
  • Money Saving for the Consumer.
  • Reducing Carbon Foot Print.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Impact.
  • Code for Sustainable Homes.

Solar Water Heating looks similar to the PV systems but instead of collecting the suns energy in cells it captures it in a series of tubes or in flat plate panels and uses the heated water to heat water in cylinder directly.

Incentives

  • Money Saving for the Consumer.
  • Reducing Carbon Foot Print.
  • Code for Sustainable Homes.

Rain Water Harvesting Units

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Allows rainwater to be collected from the gutters or surface gullies in a holding tank and it can be utilised for flushing toilet cisterns, or watering the garden, cleaning cars etc. There are also systems called Grey Water Harvesting, which can re use the water from washing machines, baths etc and with a cleansing process can enable the water to be re used.

Incentives

  • Money Saving for the Consumer.
  • Reducing Carbon Foot Print.
  • Code for Sustainable Homes.

Heat Recovery

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This is a mechanical ventilation system that draws in fresh air from the outside of a building and with a series of ducts pushes it around to an out let in each room to provide new fresh air and another vent in the room draws out air and back to the mechanical unit and then back out side. It ensures constant air circulation.

Incentives

  • Reducing Carbon Foot Print.
  • Code for Sustainable Homes.
  • Improves air quality with out whilst minimising heat loss.
  • Good for Hey fever and Asthma sufferers.

Examples of simple, cost effective solutions:

There are other products and techniques that are very useful to utilise in construction to help create sustainable and greener buildings such as:

  • Installing a rated energy efficient appliances.
  • Use clothes drier lines.
  • Compost heaps and recycling facilities in the property.
  • Rain water butts from down pipes.
  • Eliminate thermal bridging and heat loss.
  • Quality controls in place to ensure that the materials are installed to manufacturer’s recommendations and requirements and to ensure they are fit for purpose.
  • Quality thermal and Acoustic Insulations.
  • Renewable materials, timber or other natural materials.
  • A Rated appliances.
  • Air tightness performance tests.
  • New Windows and Doors with higher U Values .
  • Green Roofs.
  • Utilise more of the building for accommodation, such as the attic or create a basement.
  • Recycling Facilities.
  • LED Lights.
  • And many more...

These all help reduce the CO2 Emissions on the Environment; can save running costs in the long run reduce maintenance costs for the consumer.

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