Introduction to Energy Efficient Design and Construction

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Building Form and Layout

  • Orientation
  • The importance
  • solar gain calculations
  • house layout relative to orientation
  • Shading techniques

Windows

  • How they tie into orientation
  • Difference between double and triple glazing
  • Economics
  • Improving the fitting values
  • down draughts
  • Choosing frames

Insulation

  • Purpose and Types
  • Energy and cost savings
  • Problems with traditional Insulation systems
  • Thermal looping
  • Getting wet (Quinnlite)
  • Reduced U-Value over time
  • Thermal Bridging
  • Heat loss Calculations

Thermal Mass

  • What is it
  • How effective is it
  • Difference between blocks and timber frame
  • Benefits of external insulation

Air-tightness

  • what is it
  • what do the regulations recommend
  • what are the benefits of it
  • is it difficult to achieve
  • How does it affect comfort

Ventilation

  • Natural Ventilation
  • Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery
  • Ventilation Heat Loss Calculation
  • Costs
  • Efficiency
  • Benefits
  • Disadvantages

Renewable Energy

  • Solar panels
  • Wood chip boilers
  • PV panels
  • Micro wind generators
  • Combined heat and power
  • Compact heat pumps and geothermal
  • Under floor heating
  • Advantages and disadvantages on each

Building Regulations

  • What are they proposing
  • How will they effect us
  • Air tightness
  • U Values
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Additional cost
  • BERs

Passive House Standard

  • Introduction
  • What’s Required
  • PHPP
  • How it works
  • Cost
  • Advantages and Disadvantages

3D Split Level Extension

3D Split Level Extension Section

3D Garden Castle

3D Cold Bridge Free Detail


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