Ethos homes are wrapped in an “air tight” membrane, have thicker insulation, good quality joinery and are mechanically ventilated. We are passionate about building an affordable home for your family with superior air quality that is consistently warm throughout the house year round. With an Ethos home live healthier, in greater comfort, and save.
A huge benefit of energy efficient housing is that design elements significantly reduce the levels of dust, moisture and pollen that can affect the long term health of its occupants.
Day to day activities such as cooking, showering, drying laundry and even breathing increases the levels of humidity in the home. For optimal health, humidity levels should be below sixty percent. An important element of an Ethos home is controlled mechanical ventilation which continuously replaces stale, humid or otherwise polluted indoor air with fresh filtered outdoor air.
At Ethos homes we make it affordable to have a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius all year round.
The average daily indoor temperature in the winter for most New Zealand houses is just 16 degrees Celsius. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum indoor temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, and ideally 21 degrees if babies or elderly people live in the house. With an airtight home it is easy to achieve and maintain 20 degrees throughout the entire house, no temperature variations from room to room and no cold drafts.
Ethos homes have lower running costs than standard builds
New builds made to satisfy the New Zealand Building code minimum standards have a high number of air changes per hour with significant heat loss through poor design, poor construction methods and poor materials. Ethos homes are built “airtight”, with marginal air changes per hour. Our homes require little energy to heat and maintain their pleasant temperature.
Building an energy efficient home has less environmental impact than a home built to the minimum New Zealand building standard
Energy efficient homes are better for the environment, they have reduced energy use, less waste production, diminished environmental and emissions costs, and lower operational and maintenance costs.