Every Home Building Project Deserves To Have an Energy Guardian Angel

The ways energy efficient homes are being built and modified today is becoming increasingly complex. Buildings are having to meet increasingly stringent building regulation standards and there are so many options available to you.

Home heating systems are changing and advancing, there are large subsidies available for energy efficient measures and a massively increasing range of micro-generation and electricity storage options out there.  With such an important building and budget at stake, an early mis-step the area of energy efficiency in home design and build may derail your prize project before it’s even begun.

But what if your project had a guardian angel that could help you navigate all the energy related regulation, calculations, options and pitfalls along the way?

Selecting and integrating sustainable technology, successful design refinement and accessing government grants can be a complex task with many product variants and much upfront design and planning required before work even starts on site. Sustainable heating systems are “matched” to the home and unlike traditional oil and gas solutions they cannot be oversized and thrown in at the end of a project without inviting many project-stopping integration issues.

For many this new emerging and specialist field and mass of information is a big unknown and associated building trades, sales people and intelligent friends are often approached for their advice, however inexperienced, and often taken as gospel.

“Good news”

But beware. If care isn’t taken at the start of a new development it is quite possible that one of the issues below will very quickly compromise your project and quickly consume significant amounts of time and money:

  • Unsuitable product specification
  • Installed biased product choice
  • Installation cost escalation
  • Project delay and missed completion deadlines
  • Project compromises having to be made elsewhere

Even after the project has been completed often there is a strained relationship between client, architect and associated trades as well as a tainted client attitude towards the new heating technology. And the final kick in the teeth after the first winter is the possibility of increased running costs and fuel savings not materialising due to poor product specification.

The way to combat this long list of potential pitfalls and significantly de-risk the project is by talking to a specialist who can work with you to talk you through the various stages of the project, explain fully the opportunities and potential pitfalls along the way.

“Wise words”

The good news is that there are some fantastic products and installers out there and by spending money up front on independent advice you significantly reduce the chances of the project coming apart at the seams. Our work clarifies budget requirements, makes you aware of new products you might not have considered, brings potential integration issues to discussions at the start of a project and presents solid justifications for technology choice allowing progress to be made with the rest of the project.

It is often difficult for clients to appreciate that these pitfalls await their project until it is too late and many do not see the value in planning ahead and paying for yet another service.  But bitter experience by many would tell you that the cost of an initial in depth study and some wise words pales into insignificance when talking about costs of any of the mentioned pitfalls above affecting the project.

Doug Johnson

Doug is a chartered mechanical engineer and has had the pleasure of being involved in the UK renewable sector since 2008. With wide-ranging operational and design experience in both the domestic and commercial sectors across a wide range of recognised technologies he hopes to be able to share his experience to help enlighten and save you hassle along the way.