Dot. has always been committed to find ways to reduce the amount of carbon we produce. We also offer eco solutions for all our clients who also have a passion for ‘hugging trees!’
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) aims to achieve a step-change in environmental performance of new UK homes. The Code is targeted at architects, home designers and builders of new homes. It covers water use, waste generation, and the use of low-polluting materials and processes. Dot. are going to great lengths to be sure that we are up on all Eco options for clients. There may be small things to help developers reach code 3, or more in depth solutions for home owners.
We practice what we preach! Dot. are committed to reducing the amount of waste paper used within our company, as such, all applications are submitted on PDF, and all paper work ( where possible ) is dealt with digitally, alongside this, when clients do require paper drawings, these are all laid out on ‘Eco friendly’ A3 sized packs!
Ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps use a buried ground loop which transfers heat from the ground into a building to provide space heating and, in some cases, to pre-heat domestic hot water.
The environmental performance of this technology is comparable with solar hot water if the heat pump is powered using electricity generated from a renewable source. Reversible systems can also be used for cooling in summer months
Air source heat pumps
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside to heat buildings. There are two types of air-source heating systems. Air-to-air systems provide warm air, which is circulated to heat the building. The other type, air-to-water, heat water to provide heating to a building through radiators or an underfloor system.
Solar PV (photovoltaic) uses energy from the sun to create electricity to run appliances and lighting. PV requires only daylight, not direct sunlight to generate electricity and so can still generate some power on a cloudy day.
Be warned though, solar panels are not light and your roof must be strong enough….
Solar water heating
Solar water heating systems use heat from the sun to work alongside your conventional water heater. The technology is well developed with a large choice of equipment to suit many applications.
Solar water heating can be used in the home or for larger applications, such as swimming pools. For a domestic system you will need 3-4 square metres of southeast to southwest facing roof receiving direct sunlight for the main part of the day.
Wind turbines use the wind’s lift forces to rotate aerodynamic blades that turn a rotor which creates electricity. In the UK we have 40% of Europe’s total wind energy. But it’s still largely untapped and only 0.5% of our electricity requirements are currently generated by wind power.