The Technology

The greening of homes is moving at pace after many years of being a fringe activity, however this also means that there are huge advances, improvements and changes to be aware of when looking at improving the sustainability of your home.

Here’s a quick list of just some of the technologies to consider and some of the variations that can be considered within each…

Geographic orientation, PassivHaus principles, Solar Gain, passive stack ventilation, windows and openings of all kinds
Natural light improvements: glazing systems, skylights, light tubes, blinds, deflectors; incandescent bulbs vs. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), Tubular Fluorescent Lamps (TFLs) and ‘green’ replacements.
Retro-installation, Loft insulation, Underfloor Insulation, Wall insulation injected or boarded, Eco-friendly insulation products – wool, newspaper, wood products, recycled plastic, Multi-layer Foil Insulations
Double Glazing, Triple Glazing, Secondary Glazing, Low-E Glass, Thermal break frames, glass products: reflectant, refractant, insulant, self-clean.
Requirement for ventilation in Building Regulations, Special requirements for gas, oil or solid fuel burners, Draft-proofing, Whole-house heat-exchanged ventilation systems. Avoidance of condensation, interstitial condensation, timber detailing against rot.
Fuel comparison prices/efficiency/energy density, choice of boiler fuels, efficient boiler types, solid fuel heating- wood burners, Solar Thermal, Heat Pumps.
Wind Power, Horizontal & Vertical variations, Feed in Tariffs, Solar PhotoVoltaic systems, battery storage

The list is large, and growing as more and more people and companies become aware of the need for urgentaction to improve the quality and efficiency of our existing housing stock. Coupled with ever changing legislation this can be a mine field of conflicting information and confusing rules. Bright Green Homes can help with your choices, advising you on the optimum solution for you and your family.