AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME

IS A COMFORTABLE HOME

AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME IS A COMFORTABLE HOME

The benefits of investing in the thermal performance of our homes is well understood in Europe. The fresh challenge we are now embarking upon, is to transform the way homes are constructed in North America by providing leadership in the US market on the incredible benefits posed by building high performance homes like ecokit™.

BLOCK ORIENTATION

SHOULDN'T BE OVERLOOKED

We always make sure we position our homes to take advantage of natural heating and cooling, where possible. We design out overheating in summer, by suggesting the appropriate amount and location of windows and any necessary shading. We also take care to calculate the path of prevailing breezes for passive cooling.

Considering these factors early in the design process is common sense and good building science.

Energy-efficient house that is off-grid as a visualisation of an ecokit home

BLOCK ORIENTATION SHOULDN'T BE OVERLOOKED

We always make sure we position our homes to take advantage of natural heating and cooling, where possible. We design out overheating in summer, by suggesting the appropriate amount and location of windows and any necessary shading. We also take care to calculate the path of prevailing breezes for passive cooling.

Considering these factors early in the design process is common sense and good building science.

SUPER INSULATION

WORKS IN COLD OR HEAT

By following the ‘fabric first’ approach, we maximise the performance of components and materials that make up the building fabric itself, before considering the use of additional mechanical or electrical systems.

Insulation is a one-off cost that will benefit the lifetime of your house. Proper insulation can save you significant costs in running your home. Therefore, using as much insulation as possible, is just a common sense.

  • Thermal U-Value of ecokit wall & roof: 0.12 W/m2K
  • Blown-in insulation: 9.44” (approx. 36.6 R-value)
A process of applying a very effective insulation to the passive house in Jindabyne during its construction

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SUPER INSULATION WORKS IN COLD OR HEAT

By following the ‘fabric first’ approach, we maximise the performance of the components and materials that make up the building fabric itself, before considering the use of additional mechanical or electrical systems.

Insulation is a one-off cost that will benefit the lifetime of your house. Proper insulation can save you significant costs in running your home. Therefore, using as much insulation as possible, is just a common sense.

  • Thermal U-Value of ecokit wall & roof: 0.12 W/m2K
  • Blown-in insulation: 9.44” (approx. 36.6 R-value)

AIRTIGHTNESS

PUTS YOU IN CONTROL

We design and build our homes air-tight. The indoor air quality is maintained through a continuous supply of fresh air either by a heat recovery system or by automated, sensor-based ventilation through the skylights.

Airtightness is one of the keys to energy efficiency – in a typical US home, more heat is lost through air movement (drafts) than by other means.

The energy and cost savings resulting from airtightness are essentially “free,” because building a tight home is more about careful workmanship than adding additional materials.

  • Airtightness of ecokit homes: up to 2 ACH (air exchange @50Pa)
blower door test

AIRTIGHTNESS PUTS YOU IN CONTROL

We design and build our homes air-tight. The indoor air quality is maintained through a continuous supply of fresh air either by a heat recovery system or by automated, sensor-based ventilation through the skylights.

Airtightness is one of the keys to energy efficiency – in a typical US home, more heat is lost through air movement (drafts) than by other means.

The energy and cost savings resulting from airtightness are essentially “free,” because building a tight home is more about careful workmanship than adding additional materials.

  • Airtightness of ecokit homes: up to 2 ACH (air exchange @50Pa)

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