Is your development an opportunity to improve the thermal performance and lower the running costs of your new home?
Your existing house may currently suffer thermally in areas due to condensation, single glazed windows, poor ventilation and the lack of loft insulation. This could be an ideal time to improve the sustainability of your home whilst saving you money in the long term.
Older properties have the most to gain in this respect, there are many easy wins if you know what to look for.
You should think about the following:
- Cavity wall insulation
- Loft Insulation
- Energy efficient windows and doors
- Upgrade your boiler & radiators – will your existing heating system be able to cope with your new plans?
- Solar panels
- Ground source or air source heat pumps?
Your architect should be able to advise on the best strategies to make a leap in thermal efficiency in your home. Sustainability aside, this is an opportunity to make your home much more comfortable.
Having read the above key points you have a great basis in which to form your brief with your architect. This will save time throughout the process allowing you to be clear about your expectations from the outset, and tasking your professionals to deliver the desired finished result.