There is growing awareness worldwide of the need to take action to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. The performance of buildings in terms of the energy required for heating and cooling and the durability of the materials used have a significant effect on Global Warming.
Improved building standards to reduce the environmental impact of construction are belatedly being introduced at the end of this year, to be enforced in 2022 and further upgraded in 2025. “Fabric First” is the primary and easiest action to take when designing the home, as the technology and materials are known, tried and tested. If the fabric is designed and built to minimise energy loss, it is much easier to maintain comfortable standards, unlike the situation in Texas where the lightweight housing quickly becomes uninhabitable when the energy supply fails.
Houses being built today need to be designed for tomorrow’s building standards. Not just to enjoy a more comfortable and secure home environment, but to avoid the cost of future upgrading as the legislation is stepped up.
The Wallform system has been developed and proven for over 50 years and for the last 25 years this high-performance construction has been used to build the low, zero, passive energy homes that are to be the norm in 2030. The technology is proven, the process is practical, performance is reliable, and the building will last longer – a carbon conservative solution!
When designing your home this year, it needs to be built to the standards beyond next year in order to enjoy the comfort and low running costs in a more stable and sustainable environment.