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Timber Frame Houses

Over 70% of people in the developed world live in Timber frame houses. Currently it is the fastest-growing building system in Europe. From initial consultation to design and manufacture, timber frame production is fast and accurate. This predictable, rapid and efficient method of building allows greater control of the construction process. Using natural materials, like timber, will give improved insulation – which will also save energy costs throughout the life of the building.

Benefits:

  • Amazing durability
  • Quality timber from sustainable sources
  • Timber is treated to be resistant to rot and insect damage
  • Minimal wastage of time, money and materials
  • Efficient on-site assembly
  • Airtight construction
  • Cost-effective transportation of materials

 

Passive Houses

The term “passive house” refers to the rigorous voluntary Passive house standard for energy efficiency in buildings. Basically, passive buildings are ultra low energy buildings requiring little energy for space heating or cooling. The first passive house was built in Germany in 1990. Since then, around 15,000 passive houses have been built around the world, mostly in German-speaking countries.

To meet the passive house standard, buildings should have:

  • an annual heating demand of not more than 15kWh/m2 per year (4,746 btu/ft2 per year) in heating and 15kWh/m2 per year cooling energy or a peak heat load of 10W/m2.
  • a total primary energy consumption of not more than 120kWh/m2 per year (3.79 x 104btu/ft2 per year).
  • An air leakage of not more 0.6 times the house volume per hour (n50≤0.6/hour) at 50 Pa (N/m2)

 

It is also recommended that the specific heat load for the heating source at design temperature is less than 10W/m² (3.17 btu/ft2 per hour). To meet strict passive house regulations the windows and doors must be top of their class in energy saving which is why we recommend Latvian triple-glazed windows.

 

Why choose Passive Housing?

Passive houses provide a comfortable indoor climate at any time of year without using conventional heating. They need only 10% of energy that a standard new building uses – good for the environment and the home-owner. Instead of traditional mechanical heating and cooling, passive houses use smart, time-tested heating and cooling methods like natural ventilation, solar heat gain and efficient insulation.

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