BRICK BY BRICK WE'RE ALWAYS ECO FRIENDLY.
We use specific energy-saving measures too. The cold Irish ground underneath our home can have a big impact on heat and energy efficiency, acting as a constant leak that requires us to input more energy. To help offset this, we use ‘insulated raft’ foundations and continuous above-ground insulation. These techniques can massively reduce any ground-based heat loss and have the added advantage of protecting a structure from moisture and decay. Easily adaptable, any project with particular planning or architectural requirements can enjoy a more energy-efficient nZEB (nearly zero energy building) home with our work.
Many of our structures also make extensive use of glue-laminated timber (GluLam). This looks great and stands the test of time, but its real advantage lies in its strength- it’s up to 70% more rigid than the timber it replaces, eliminating settling and movement in a build. Along with this material, we incorporate structured insulated panels (SIPs) into our buildings to reduce cross-sectional areas on our walls, increase wall strength and insulate our buildings. With our methods, houses both save energy and enjoy extra interior space.
We’re not just concerned with energy, clean air is essential for a safe and healthy home environment. In each eco build we design, we incorporate mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems (MVHRs) so that you can enjoy fresh air without the associated chill. These innovative heat recovery systems consist of ventilating fans with air filters to remove pollutants along with heat exchangers, heating elements and automatic controls. Energy-efficient even in cold weather, MVHRs are particularly suited to the damp Irish climate.
Here at nühaus, we’re strong believers in a better, more energy-efficient future. As part of this mentality, we’re increasingly using solar panels in our eco builds. With photovoltaic solar panels (solar PV), homeowners can harvest their own clean, natural energy with very little or no maintenance. Modern solar PV systems can even store excess generated power, reducing your bills, mains dependency and environmental impact. Just like your nühaus build, a solar PV system is an investment for the future, for you and your family.
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