Exposed concrete slab floor
We all love the look - raw, industrial, full of character. But other than aesthetics, what can a concrete floor really do to your home? A fully insulated concrete floor can be a great source of passive heating. This means there is less heat being lost through the floor, and more heat retained to keep the house warm. Who would've thought you could save on your heating bills and live more comfortably at the same time? For more details, check out leading NZ suppliers like Firth RibRaft or MaxRaft.
High Performance Thermal Windows
Not all windows are created equal. Timber windows, aluminium windows, steel windows, PVC windows, single glazed, double glazed, triple glazed, thermally broken, low-e coating...and the variables go on and on. Choosing what type of windows, how big they should be, and what material they are made of can have a big impact on your overall project cost, but most importantly on the thermal performance of your home. The most common window joinery type in New Zealand is double glazed aluminium joinery with a powder-coated finish. For Eco Homes, we recommend thermally broken joinery, which means that even though there may be temperature differences between the inside and outside, there is no condensation build up on the windows. Less condensation means a drier, healthier and more comfortable home for you and your family.
Highly Insulated Building Envelope (Walls, Floors, Ceilings/Roof)
Building Insulation is probably one of the most important aspects in creating a high performance thermal home. The important thing to note, is not just what material the insulation is made of, but what insulation (R-value) it provides. The higher the number, the more effective it is in retaining heat, and hence will keep your house warmer. Remember, you don't need thermal insulation in the internal walls of your house, only external. We are happy to recommend to you which type of wall insulation, floor insulation and roof insulation is best suited to your home