Sustainability As Standard
Living in a sustainable, low- energy home feels good for all sorts of reasons.
For a start it’s easier to keep warm. More importantly, it’s good at keeping that heat inside the home (where it belongs). And the cold outside. Which is good for the environment (carbon emissions are reduced, and resources are conserved). But it’s also good for your finances (less energy used; less cash spent on tedious things like energy bills).
The chart on this page puts things in perspective. It shows how the sustainability aspects of Footprint, applied to a project like Four Hundred Caledonian Road, translate in to significant energy savings for the home-owner. The results are striking.
How have we done it?
Energy savings at Cally Road are achieved mainly, and simply, by building a better building – by investing in the fundamental elements of the building (which last for years – walls, floors, windows, roofs, insulation, air- tightness, and so on) before we think about the high-tech bells and whistles people normally associate with green buildings. We call this a ‘fabric first’ approach to sustainable building – improving the building’s fabric performance by about 40% over and above current Building Regulations.
Then, once we’ve got the basics right, we do of course bring in some innovative technologies. At Cally Road, this means things like a communal Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine to simultaneously generate heat and electricity for the homes (reducing electricity requirements from the national grid), under-floor heating (operating at lower temperatures than conventional radiators, owing to their larger surface area, and therefore more efficient), Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR, bringing fresh air in to the home but without losing heat from air leaving the home), green roofs (providing added layers of insulation),
and the latest Zoned heating, remotely controllable via phone app, learning thermostats.
And a lot more besides – as the cut-through CGI graphic below will show.
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