Designing for energy saving does not have to curb your style or limit your architect. We work with you and your ideas to build in elements that will enhance efficiency. At Ethos homes we provide you with variable solutions to achieving an energy efficient home. Our continuum begins with our standard Ethos build (well beyond NZS build requirements), advances through to an internationally recognised passive certified home, or take it a step further become self sufficient and ‘off the national grid.’ It’s up to you the level of energy efficiency you want to achieve.
Research options for energy efficiency and designing to save
Consider options for site and building requirements and standards
Begin to plan concepts and the impact of details on the design and saving
Detail and spec final designs for meeting design planning and energy goals
Resolve all plans timeframes and council consents and requirements
Build and construct house to specs. Ongoing progress updates and reporting keeps you updated
Enjoy the comfort of your home, characterised by its cleaner air and warmth
Relax knowing that your design allows you to live in comfort and save!
Within the fundamental areas of your home; flooring, walls, heating and ventilation and windows there are different options you can choose depending on the level of energy efficiency you want to achieve.
We understand the tension between “optimum” and “realistic” and how your project budget needs to be balanced with the resources available at your stage of life. We have detailed the key areas where building the Ethos way will significantly improve your efficiency.
Have a look at the diagram below detailing options for flooring elements. Your planning and detail around the flooring elements can play a big part in your efforts to be energy efficient.
The diagram below gives you a simple snap shot of Ethos standard level and what we do to begin to make energy savings.
Many homes in New Zealand struggle with getting rid of moisture and dampness. An Ethos home is designed with a mechanical ventilation and heat exchange system to ensure the air in your home is always warm and dry. Minimal energy is required to maintain your homes warmth, while fresh filtered air is circulated.
Have a look at the options here and call to discuss more about the benefits of upgrading from double glazed windows in your home