Intelligent Home Design
Natural Heating Systems, Natural Cooling Systems
Natural heating and cooling systems are some of the first things you should consider if you are thinking about building a home or adding to your home. Lower your energy costs by taking advantage of these systems and a whole lot more. Live in a more comfortable, self-secure home.
Resources, design considerations, heating and cooling options, are just a few of the things we can provide. These designs will save you on your energy bills, improve your comfort levels, keep you happy when the power is out (think increasing numbers of major weather events, an earthquake, utility disruptions, etc.). By modelling your future home or renovation you will know what options have the best results.
We have an array of energy professionals who can offer a wide variety of services, from suggested changes all the way to a full design of your home.
A Net-Zero Home
Want to have a net-zero home? A net-zero home is a home that creates and harnesses as much energy as it needs year-round. Imagine having virtually no utility bills! The savings will increasingly pay all of the higher capital costs, and you will have a home that is more comfortable, energy secure, and whose value rises faster than do the old energy hogs in your neighbourhood.
Want a better heating system? We can provide you with the very best solutions that will greatly reduce your heating (and cooling!) costs.
Using Radiant Energy
Radiant energy is the most efficient system in the world. The sun’s radiant energy is the best example, and is free. Modern technologies can also create indoor radiant heating systems, ranging from electrical to hydronic (water-based) heat. Hydronic systems range from the old fashioned radiators (which are still available) to slim ceiling or wall-mounted panels that can be painted to match the decor, to in-floor radiant systems. Heat pumps and solar hot water collectors are easily integrated into most of these systems for even greater efficiencies.
Do not fall for forced air systems, even those driven by air-air heat pumps. Air is an insulator. Why waste energy heating and blowing around an insulator that will eventually warm the occupants, when you can far more efficiently warm people directly through radiant heat?
Insulation is extremely important –and not only the stuff that goes into the attic. Nearly as much heat is lost into the basement floor, which on Vancouver Island and coastal communities is almost always an un-insulated slab. Not wise!
Of even more importance is insulating your windows, as these are huge thermal holes out of which disappears about 50% of our heat –most of it in radiant form. Why do we throw away energy as if there will be no tomorrow? At our rate, there may not be one!
Heat Recovery Ventillators
Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV’s) reclaim the heat from the stale air, and are extremely important here on the “wet coast” when the building is reasonably air-tight. Water requires a lot of energy to heat up. Why not capture a sizeable amount of that energy before sending it back into the cold ground! Being another type of “heat exchanger” these devices are low-tech, usually zero maintenance, and save a ton of energy!
Lastly, instead of wasting water, there are great ways to improve our capture and usage of this most valuable resource on the planet, saving municipalities (us) a lot of money on supplying water and handling the waste. That “waste”, by the way, is itself energy of which we spend a lot of energy disposing!
Intelligent design. Intelligent results. Don’t wait. Now is the time.
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