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Green Technology at Carlile Place

Green Technology at Carlile Place

Whole House Ventilation with Heat Recovery System

The ventilation unit runs continuously, drawing fresh air into the home changing the air every two hours. The unit filters the incoming air to remove pollutants and insects. Once passed through the unit the air is delivered around the home through a series of ducts.

While fresh air is being drawn into the home, a second motor inside the ventilation unit takes stale, moisture laden air out of the property. Air is withdrawn from the bathrooms, WC’s, utility rooms and kitchens. It is important to understand that the indoor air is not re-circulated around the home. One motor brings fresh air in, while a second motor takes stale air out.

What is particularly brilliant, is that when the outgoing air passes through the ventilation unit heat is transferred from the outgoing air to the incoming air. By doing this heat is recovered from the property as opposed to being exhausted out as with conventional extractor fans. More importantly, the air coming in is not cold because it is warmed by the outgoing stale air.

In a hot summer the system can cool the internal temperature of the house  to several degrees below the external temperature.

Rainwater recycling

Each house has a large underground tank (6500 litres capacity) to collect the rainwater running off the house and reduce the amount of mains water required for the house. This water is then filtered and reused in the house for flushing wcs as well as being available for watering the garden. Should the tank ever empty it would automatically be filled from the mains supply,

Sedum Roof

The houses all feature a green (sedum) roof which has the following benefits:

  • reduces rainwater runoff during heavy rains, alleviating pressure on sewer systems
  • improved acoustic insulation
  • improved thermal insulation
  • provides natural environmental habitat

Solar Power

Houses 1 and 2 both incorporate solar tubes for heating of hot water to reduce electricity and fossil fuel consumption

LED Lighting

LED Lighting has been installed extensively throughout the houses. Not only do they dramatically reduce power consumption but each fitting comes with a five year guarantee.

Thermal Insulation

The houses have been built using highly insulated walls and floors using the latest off site construction technology. Combined with triple glazing throughout and underfloor heating the houses will give superb thermal performance and exceptionally efficient energy use.

In the warmer months the whole house ventilation system will be able to naturally cool the building to a temperature lower than the outside temperature.