Barber Honey Rivera

Our energy conserving features

As part of our ongoing policy we look at the latest energy features we can apply to our buildings. We have to comply with the current building regulations standards, but we like to go one step ahead and improve energy conservation and make our homes better.

As part of our standard specification all homes will have under floor heating within a solid floor, to give even heat distribution and increase heat efficiency, we have also included a heat recovery system, which again improves heat efficiency and ventilation.

Solar panel water heating - it uses free energy, and LED spot lighting all contributing in lowering your bills and carbon footprint.

Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery (MVHR)

How does it work!

Typically over 20% of your space heating energy is lost through 'natural' ventilation; trickle vents, extractor fans or open doors and windows. By sealing up the leaks and making your property more airtight, the flow of air can be more effectively controlled.

The Mechanical Ventilation system uses a low energy fan to feed fresh filtered air into live/work/sleep areas, at the same time pulling stale moist air from kitchens, bathrooms and other indoor wet areas. The pressure differential gently controls the direction of the flow to provide fresh air where you need it.

The Heat Recovery unit inside the MVHR transfers up to 90% of the warm air temperature from the old air to the new, therefore minimising the energy losses through ventilation.

Solar Water Heating System

How does it work!

The panels on the roof contain a highly effective absorber of solar radiation. This material collects heat, transferring it to ‘solar fluid’ contained in pipes within the panels. This heated fluid then circulates through a coil in the cylinder, heating the water for household use.

A solar control unit monitors the temperature of the panels and of the cylinder. When sufficient solar energy is available the control switches on the solar pump to heat the cylinder. If insufficient solar energy is available, the boiler is automatically switch on, ensuring there always hot water on demand.

Low Energy Lighting

Electricity is not only becoming more and more expensive, producing it is highly carbon intensive. Generating just 1833 units (kWh), around €180 on a domestic electricity bill, will emit one tonne of CO2. Reducing your consumption is therefore good for your pocket as well as the environment. LED lighting is arguably the easiest and most effective way to cut your bills and your carbon footprint.