At Ecoliv, sustainable design is the driving principle behind what we do. Our aim is to create homes with the highest possible energy rating that minimise the need for artificial heating and cooling and the associated financial and environmental costs. According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, heating and cooling can account for up to 50% of energy used in Australian homes. This is an enormous amount, highlighting how important it is to choose the right heating and cooling solutions for your energy efficient home.
Our designs are oriented to avoid the need for cyclical heating and cooling. Through our commitment to passive solar design principles we maximise natural heating and cooling processes. In other words, we strive to design our prefab homes to maintain coolness in summer and warmth in winter avoiding artificial heating and cooling where possible.
All our homes are rated under the National Home Energy Rating System (NatHERS) to ensure they meet a minimum 7-star energy rating. Through a range of design and material choices, such as orientation, insulation and double glazing, we are able to reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling and create you the perfect energy efficient home.
In the event of climate extremes, some artificial heating and cooling solutions can ensure comfortable internal temperatures. We have a range of energy efficient options available to choose from. Some of the most sustainable heating and cooling options available for prefabricated homes include:
Ceiling fans are a cost effective way to keep cool in hot climates. We offer a range of ceiling fans in our Ecoliv homes which deliver air circulation and require lower input power. Our range comes in a variety of colours to suit your style and optional light sources including energy efficient LED bulbs.
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Wood heating can act as a great source of heating to your Ecoliv energy efficient home, especially if you are located rurally and have access to a ready supply of wood. The process of a wood heater is simple. As the stove burns off the wood, it radiates heat through the walls and the top, warming up the immediate surroundings.
Wood heaters can be a very efficient choice for small spaces or good additional heating, if you live in cold climates. If you are considering a wood heater, the installation process is critical to how environmentally friendly the heater is. We are partnered with Nectre to offer the N60 fireplace in our homes. The N60 rates very well for energy efficiency and has very low carbon emissions. Not only is it a great heating solution, it also offers a great aesthetic addition to your home.
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Split systems are a very popular choice for home-owners, as they are a comprehensive solution to both heating and cooling and their installation is relatively inexpensive. Ecoliv have partnered with Panasonic to offer a range of split-system solutions, which all prioritise energy efficiency. New technology has also improved the energy efficiency rating of split-systems, as split-systems can now be programmed to respond to temperature changes in the environment and automatically switch off when no longer needed. Split systems can also be run entirely using solar power, furthering their energy efficiency and promoting a greenhouse neutral output.
Solar hydronic heating is quickly gaining recognition as an energy efficient heating system. If you opt for solar hydronic heating, a solar evacuated tube system will be fitted onto the roof of your energy efficient home. Hot water can be extracted from this system year round. This water is then channelled through insulated piping and stored in hot water tanks. It is then pumped through the radiator panels or internal piping of your hydronic heating system, situated inside your home. This option is sustainable and is also very cost efficient.
While you are exploring options to ensure your home is comfortable year round, we can help you to choose the right heating and cooling system to suit your climate, location and usage requirements. When you build an Ecoliv prefabricated modular home, you are choosing a sustainable, operationally efficient and environmentally conscious home for the future.
For more information speak to our team at Ecoliv now.
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