Are you looking to build a new house or non-domestic building? If you want to look at options to deliver lower energy bills, reduced carbon emissions, generate renewable energy, improve health & wellbeing and future proof your development, then we can help.
5 Key Stages of quality and value offering:
Understanding Eco Build Commonly Asked Questions
Why would you want and Eco Build?
There are a number of reasons to look at eco builds. They include:
- Lower energy bills
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Generate and export renewable energy
- Improve health and well being
- Low running costs and easier to predict energy demand to help future budgets
- Set the development apart from normal building standards
- Make the development more sellable for the future
- Future proof against climate change
- Future proof against energy cost rises and reduction in materials & resources.
Providing an eco build will also help you through the planning application process, informing the planners of a suitable reason to support your application to lower emissions and energy demand compared with standard building regulations.
What is a definition of an eco build?
We would define an eco build as a building that:
- Uses lower energy due to improvements to the building fabric, energy efficiency and if required, renewable energy
- Improves health and wellbeing through good levels of ventilation, daylight and thermal comfort
- Improve economic wellbeing through reduced energy bills and an asset that grows in time due to future-proofing compared with standard building stock.
How would we advise and assess an Eco build?
As accredited energy assessors and Certified Passivhaus Consultants, we look at a project from inception to advise on the following aspects in conjunction with the Architect and design team:
- Orientation and form of the building to inform heat loss and solar gains
- Local weather and environmental analysis
- Identify areas to capture passive solar gains in the heating season and shade during summertime
- Daylight analysis
- Ventilation strategy
- Building Fabric analysis (heat loss, thermal mass, thermal bridging)
- Building services analysis
- Energy Assessment to meet Building Regulations
- Gap analysis to determine what factors to enhance to meet client aspirations
- Assessment using SAP (Building Regulations) and Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP)
- Compare against standards such as Passivhaus and AECB Building Standard
- Internal finishes – lowering VOC’s
- Electric car charging
- Renewable energy
- Rainwater harvesting
- Natural Materials
These are a selection of agenda items when discussing an eco build. Some elements are specialist and require external input, but defining what you want for your new house, office, school or any building type to reduce the environmental impact at early design stage helps deliver robust results with a reduced budget.
How can Low Carbon Box help?
Our lead assessor is an on-construction domestic energy assessor (accredited with Elmhurst Energy) with an MSc in Energy & Sustainable Building Design and over 20 years experience in Architecture. We are also Certified Passivhaus Consultants. Our advice and service is geared around providing solutions for our clients, helping them achieve their goals and input our significant experience to make the process easy, whilst using materials and systems that are readily available.