Better by Design
As the pace of regulatory change quickens, the most strategic role approach to take is to adopt a ‘fabric first’ approach. This will not only ensure that new dwellings can meet the much more exacting energy efficiency targets of the future in a cost-effective way, but it also future-proofs a home, reducing the level of further improvements that will be required in coming years.
Focusing on what makes a dwelling energy efficient goes well beyond deciding what level of insulation will be built into the fabric, although this is an important and necessary first step.
Commitment to Zero Carbon Housing
With government policy introducing a road map for the progression towards all newly built homes being Zero Carbon before the end of the decade, Kingspan who has always been at the forefront of Energy Efficient building solutions, have made significant investment in Zero Carbon Research and Development as illustrated in the Kingspan Lighthouse built at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Park.
The lessons learnt during the Lighthouse design and construction phases now form the core of the Kingspan Century offering which has ensured that we are best positioned to deliver Zero Carbon Homes.
Kingspan Lighthouse facts:
- The UK & Ireland first Certified Carbon Neutral House.
- The first Certified Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 House.
- Annual running cost of less than €50 for heating, lighting and hot water.
An outline of some of the key requirement s of Energy Performance Standards for the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England & Wales is given in the following pages.