Eco build principles

Passivhaus principle and the 'fabric first' approach

At Lindrick Eco Build we focus on fabric first principles for all of our projects. This is often referred to as ‘Passivhaus’ a principle for building energy-efficient homes. Our standard build principles are intended to dramatically reduce the energy usage of homes, by focussing carefully on the design and construction stages of the build process. Focussing on the fabric of the building at the design stage significantly lower the building’s energy usage.

During the design stage, we consider ways of radically reducing air leakage, getting rid of thermal bridges, increasing insulation levels, and making good use of glazing for solar gain. Throughout the build stages attention to detail and understanding what fabric first means, ensures that the build is completed without any costly mistakes.

It is also at this stage that we work with our EPC/SAP partner and consider the material choice and build method to help you achieve your desired goals. Where a budget does not allow for full adoption of fabric first we will assist to achieve the highest EPC rating, generally, a high B or low A, working on achieving an excellent airtightness level with as high a thermal value as possible to achieve your energy-efficient eco-home.

A balance between fabric first principles and energy-saving technology is often the outcome but the aim is normally to reduce the reliance on energy consumption, by concentrating firstly on getting the most out of the fabric of the building. The airtightness of your building is undoubtedly the most important step to achieving an energy-efficient.

Build Principles Explained

Airtight & insulation

Generate your own energy and manage your costs using solar power.

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Glazing

70% of your water heating costs from the sun.

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Thermal mass

Smart, clean energy from the air or the ground.

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Orientation

Orientate the position of your home managing heating and cooling naturally

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Running your eco home

Solar panels

Generate your own energy and manage your costs using solar power.

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Solar thermal panels

70% of your water heating costs from the sun.

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Heat Pumps

Smart, clean energy from the air or the ground.

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