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Energy Efficient Homes

As well as reducing fuel and electricity bills, an energy-efficient home design can provide improved comfort for home owners while helping to protect the environment. It can also provide insurance against future increases in fuel costs. Many factors can comprise residential energy efficiency, and both new and existing homes can be improved with energy efficient strategies and products.

Alongside passive, airtight and energy efficient new build homes, Linehans Construction is a registered SEAI approved contractor and can plan, advise and fit your existing home to be more energy and cost efficient.

A passive house combines high-level comfort with very low-level energy consumption. The passive solar house concept was born in Germany but has been gaining a lot a ground in Ireland in the past few years

The principle behind heat recovery ventilation is to change the air continuously in the house and use the recovered heat to warm the incoming air. The heat exchanger transfers most of the heat from the extracted “wet” air to the incoming fresh air.

The benefits of improved insulation and energy efficient systems will be lost if warm air is allowed to leak out of a building and cold air can leak in. Airtight construction means thermal comfort, lower heating costs, increased energy efficiency, lower heating costs and a reduced risk of damage to building fabric. As air tightness increases, the energy needed for heating (and cooling) reduces.

A building energy rating (BER) is a rating on the overall energy efficiency of a building (residential or commercial). The rating is is denoted on scale of A to G, with A-rated buildings the most energy efficient and G the least.