There’s been an increasing focus on the environment in every sector over the past few years, and the majority of people self building now want some kind of ‘eco feature’ or sustainability element in their new home.
But what is an eco home?
'Eco home' has a lot of different meanings to different people. Some might simply picture a normal-looking house with solar panels, for example… others might think of an underground Hobbit-style dwelling.
It all depends on how you measure it, but there are some general characteristics of an eco home, most of which focus on the house's ability to hold heat. Superior heat retention reduces your energy consumption, saving you money on heating costs and making sure that any heat your home is producing isn't wasted. High thermal performance, high levels of airtightness, and minimal thermal bridging, which is the amount of heat lost through surfaces, are all characteristics. These are all things that must be accomplished at the design and build phase of the building, so are determined by which material you choose to build with.
Building an eco home with SIPs
SIPs are the best option for achieving the high thermal efficiency that a successful eco home will require. They virtually eliminate thermal bridging and thus achieve excellent airtightness. This will make your home more efficient, dramatically slashing heating requirements and their associated costs.
Kingspan’s SIP offering, Kingspan TEK, can reach 7.5m long which reduces the number of junctions, thereby reducing the amount of heat that’s lost through thermal bridging. It also means our TEK panels enjoy 96% insulation, much more than an average wall.
Meeting the thermal standards
The unique jointing system of our SIPs offering, Kingspan TEK™
, paired with their length means a lot less heat is lost through these junctions. When it comes to minimising thermal bridging, the less interruptions in a wall, the better. A quarter of your home’s heat can be lost through the roof, so for a home that’s aiming for maximum thermal efficiency, SIPs can be used in the roof too. Since SIPs are self-supporting, this reduces the use of trusses, making roof SIPs an ideal option for anyone planning on having living spaces in the roof.