Energy Efficient, Green, Eco Friendly? Sustainability may be defined as meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
European technology, increasing need for air-tightness and moisture control
When building your new home make it warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to run-it’s your chance to build smarter. Having a healthy and efficient home may not cost more, it’s about thoughtful design and knowing what makes the biggest difference to your comfort and running costs.
Where to start for a healthy home
1. Reduce heat loss
Boost ceiling, underfloor and wall insulation, double glaze with low-emissivity glass and thermally broken window frames and use two layers of thermally-backed full length curtains.
2. Efficiently heat your home
Position your home and windows to face the sun and choose an efficient heating system able to warm living areas to a minimum of 18 degrees centigrade and bedrooms to a minimum of 16 degrees centigrade.
If you are thinking about solar energy, you will need to consider the slope and orientation of your roof to get the best of any solar system. A roof with a northern aspect and a gentle slope of around 30 degrees will perform best. This slope will allow your solar panel to sit flat against the roof, often a more aesthetically pleasing solution.
3. Control moisture at the source
Remove damp air form your home by installing an extractor fan in all bathrooms, range hood in the kitchen and vent your clothes-dryer to the outside.
4. Be water-wise
Insulate hot water pipes and hot water cylinders, choose water efficient taps, low-flow shower heads, dual flush toilets, and water efficient washing machines and dishwashers.
Harvest rainwater-Collect rain from your roof to provide water for your garden or for flushing toilets and to provide a useful emergency water supply. Check that your roofing material and paint are suitable for collecting rainwater for example, avoid copper, lead and exposed galvanised steel. Ask your builder about collecting and using rainwater in your home and garden.
5. Regularly ventilate your home
Open windows and doors for a few minutes each day to remove moisture and allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home.
Experienced in Eco Friendly, and Green Energy efficient homes.
Miles construction has responded to the past leaky homes and poor building practices by offering energy efficient options during the design process. From siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. In other words, green building design involves finding the balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment. Energy efficient homes have improved air-tightness and moisture control within New Zealand homes, are kinder to the environment and healthier for their occupants.
By using the Pro Clima unique building system we can offer:
- Globally proven system that guarantees measurable outcomes in airtightness and moisture control.
- European technology, works by utilising the use of The Intello Plus product, an intelligent internal wrap, which prevents air movement through the building fabric.
- Greatly improves the energy efficiency of the home and ensures the long-term effectiveness of the insulation and the structural durability of the building by protecting it from moisture damage.
The Intello Plus wrap not only prevents air coming into the house, but interestingly includes a membrane that lets moisture out.
“The completed architecturally designed house only took eight months to build!
Their subbies were fantastic, all their work was perfect and up to my high standard, and to get the code of compliance first go was great- a week after completion unheard of, thanks again.”
Miles Construction was the first company in Canterbury to be building a house which utilizes the Pro Clima building system. The owners of this pioneering house in Christchurch have been able to reduce the number of heat pumps required from eight, down to just two. The amount saved in heat pumps means the client have not spent any extra money insulating their home.
We value the experience we gained by working on this project and are interested in working with clients and architects who share our interested in sustainable and energy efficient homes.
For Energy Efficient Home builds call 03 374 8000
The following websites provide useful information about home renovation, maintenance and building:
NZ Government (EECA), tips, tools, guides and online calculators about home energy use. www.energywise.govt.nz
NZ Government (MFE), tips and guides about healthy and efficient homes. www.smarterhomes.org.nz
NZ Government (MBIE) guides on the building code, weather tightness and earthquake resilience. www.building.govt.nz
BRANZ detailed guides on home building. www.level.org.nz
ECAN, clean home heating and ultra-low emission burner. www.ecan.govt.nz
New Zealand Green Building Council – sustainable home rating tool (Homestar) www.homestar.org.nz