The team from Ballast Point Design and Build reveal 5 simple things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment when building and renovating.
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1. Fibre optic solar collector. If a skylight is not an option, consider a fibre optic solar collector, which harnesses sunlight through a light collecting lens unit and sends it down a fibre optic cable, similar to a light fitting but without power connected. It’s particularly useful in improvised home offices.
2. Solar hot water. Often overlooked in favour of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, this is worth considering if you can fit a solar heater on your roof. It’s simple and effective — the sun heats the water directly, making it more efficient than PVs, where you lose energy in conversion from DC to AC.
3. Pre-wiring for the future. You may not have an electric car, storage batteries or a photovoltaic system yet, but it’s a good idea to pre-wire during construction when the cost to throw in some extra wiring is negligible. As well Ballast Point is a Pathzero Carbon Neutral Company as future proofing your house, it prevents ugly conduits running down the side of your building.
4. Openable skylights. Openable skylights will keep your house cool in summer and provide ventilation year-round. They are more expensive than fixed skylights to buy but cost the same to install.
5. If your home is well designed, you may just want something that takes the edge off on the hottest and coldest days of the year. Most AC systems are specified well beyond this and will freeze the tail off your Cavoodle. Talk to your AC contractor or builder about downsizing.
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