Innovative Passivhaus techniques help to cut fuel bills

Brian Carroll, who heads the Hastoe Housing Association, has recently stated that his team aims to cut fuel poverty through the use of Passivhaus schemes.

The group builds around 200 houses in the UK every year, of which about 40 are built according to Passivhaus standards. As many of the houses are constructed in rural parts of the country, where gas is unavailable, their inhabitants are usually extremely happy to learn that fuel costs in the Passivhaus dwellings typically come to around 10 per cent of the average UK bill.

Hastoe has also completed a number of straw bale houses and this month released a film showing the construction process being completed in Essex. The bales were sourced from local farms and as straw absorbs carbon dioxide during growth, the use of this material gives the new homes a low carbon footprint.

Clay tiles were used for the roofs, increasing the overall reliance on natural building materials. Although the homes cost as much to build as conventional properties, the insulating qualities of the walls should lead to fuel bills being much lower than normal.

After a number of Britain’s energy companies recently faced questions from MPs about huge hikes in fuel prices, the small but steady construction of more low-energy homes will be welcomed by householders in the UK.

Many building projects could be made more energy efficient using the latest insulation techniques and for those who require a sustainable home, it is worth consulting an architect on the Wirral who will be able to create a suitable design.

Posted by Matt Hughes
November 27, 2013
Sustainability

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