When taking on a self build it’s important to think about heating your new home. By planning your approach well in advance and adopting some alternative heating methods you can help the environment and reduce our energy consumption costs at the same time. Here are our top tips to reduce your heating footprint:
Building a south facing home can maximise the amount of solar gain meaning that you can essentially gain free heat from the sun rays if your site allows. Even if you are not willing to eradicate central heating, this is a step anyone can do in order to stop you reaching for the thermostat.
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Building in thermal blocks
When building your new home, remember to use thermal blocks by incorporating dense materials such as concrete. This will ensure that your house can absorb heat during the day and radiate it back out at night.
Consider an Earth Sheltered Scheme
An Earth Sheltered Scheme means to build you home partly into the ground, making your new home energy-efficient, quiet and freeze-proof. As the house is set into the ground it uses the natural environment to protect it from the elements – keeping it nice and toasty.
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Go off grid
Sustainable heat sources such as ground, water and air means you can go off grid and become self-sufficient when heating your home. Remember heating solutions such as ground source heat pumps require bore holes that need to be dug into the ground. So making sure you have enough space is essential before choosing this as your heating solution.
Whilst it’s important to think about air pollution it’s worth having a think about noise pollution too! Our Sound Solutions deliver substantially enhanced levels of sound insulation enabling different members of the family to turn it up loud or enjoy a quiet night’s sleep without any compromise. Learn more about how to tackle noise pollution in your self build.