Eco Home Architects
Eco Home Architects Slemish Design Studio has been involved in many Eco homes builds throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
An eco home is built in such a way that reduces energy consumption and waste. An eco house reduces the buildings negative impact on human health and the environment, through better design, construction, siting, operation and maintenance. An eco house is a combination of sustainable design, sustainable development and sustainable living.
Eco houses are designed and built as part of the larger ecology of the planet; the design and construction of the building are done in harmony with the natural environment. Studies have shown that buildings are the most damaging polluters on the planet, consuming over half of all the energy used in developed countries and producing over half of all the climate-changing greenhouse gases.
A successful eco house should give the owner the ‘best of both’ by providing less of an impact on the environment along with a healthier place to live and lower ongoing running costs.
Key Elements of a Passive/ Eco House
From what I can find, there seem to be four main aspects to the average Passive House although each one will vary slightly. I have included two things we all like below before going into further detail – a numbered list and a lovely diagram:
- Super Insulation that is airtight and minimizes thermal bridging
- Highly Efficient Windows
- Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
- Innovative and Efficient Heating Technology