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Net Zero Building Design: Your Go-To Guide

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Energy efficiency has been a long-running problem in the UK but has only received attention from the government in recent years. In particular, it’s UK homes that are suffering from a lack of energy-efficiency, causing widespread problems in overall country-wide energy consumption and on a more personal level. 

A recent poll has suggested that a third of families in the UK have trouble affording their energy bills and many can’t afford to switch the heating on. This problem is partly due to the age of properties in the UK, with homeowners in the UK being on the receiving end of some of the highest energy bills in Europe, due to poor housing development.

As of 2018, the average annual energy bill in the UK is £1138 a year, which is unaffordable for many people. In an effort to reduce the amount of energy that UK homes, and those across the world, are using, the concept of net zero building design has arisen. 

In our guide, we’ll be taking a look at net zero building design and some of the top energy saving products on the market that are designed to reduce the energy output of homes by lowering the amount of heat that a property loses. 

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For the building to be classed as a net zero building, it must be energy efficient in terms of energy consumption and have the capability of producing renewable energy

What is Net Zero Building Design?

Net zero building design is the design of a building that has no energy consumption, or net zero consumption. A building constructed following a net zero building design will have a balanced amount of energy expenditure , so it will produce as much renewable energy as it uses.

This concept can be used in multiple settings, including in commerical, industrial, and residential buildings. For the building to be classed as a net zero building, it must be energy efficient in terms of energy consumption and have the capability of producing renewable energy. 

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One of the products that Home Logic specialises in is solar PV systems and tiles, revolutionary systems for the creation of renewable energy and a key investment to reduce energy bills in UK properties

The Production of Renewable Energy

The production of renewable energy can be achieved in multiple forms, including but not limited to:

•    The production of solar energy
•    The production of hydroelectric energy
•    The production of wind energy

Currently, the UK produces around a third of its electrical energy from renewable sources, which is a growing figure. In particular, the generation of power from the wind increased by half in recent years.

Solar power also saw in increase in generation in 2017, which is one of the main residential forms of renewable energy generation. To date, more than one million homes in the UK have solar panels installed.

One of the products that Home Logic specialises in is solar PV systems and tiles, revolutionary systems for the creation of renewable energy and a key investment to reduce energy bills in UK properties. 

For the creation of renewable energy in a net zero building, solar panels are one of the best options on the UK market.

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Our wall coatings, designed by Properla, reduce the absorption of water by 95%, which prevents dampness causing external walls to become more thermally conductive, and facilitate the escape of heat

The Reduction of Energy Consumption

The other side of net zero building design is the reduction in energy use by investing in innovative energy-saving home improvements and construction materials. 

The less energy that a building expends, the lower the amount of energy that a building needs to produce to be classed as a net zero building.

As well as modern and effective solar panels, Home Logic has a selection of energy saving products that are designed to lower the energy use in a property by increasing the amount of heat that a building is capable of retaining. 

Our energy-saving products can be a benefit to homeowners seeking a building that is net zero and homeowners that are seeking a way to lower their energy bills to make them more affordable each month. Our range of services, include:

Wall Coatings:

Our professional wall coatings are applied to the exterior brickwork or rendering of a property to tackle the issue of water absorption in brickwork that can lead to an increase in masonry thermal conductivity.

Our wall coatings, designed by Properla, reduce the absorption of water by 95%, which prevents dampness causing external walls to become more thermally conductive, and facilitate the escape of heat. 

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An improvement to standard double-glazing, triple-glazing furthers heat retention with the inclusion of an additional air gap and a third pane of glass

Spray Foam Insulation:

Icynene spray foam insulation is a premium home, industrial, and commerical insulation material designed to drastically reduce the loss of heat in a home. 

Through the installation of spray foam in cavity walls, lofts, and floors, heat loss and energy consumption can be reduced significantly to lower the amount of energy that a property needs to expend in order to stay at a comfortable temperature.

Triple-Glazing:

An improvement to standard double-glazing, triple-glazing furthers heat retention with the inclusion of an additional air gap and a third pane of glass. 

The advanced system improves both thermal efficiency and sound insulation, to provide homes in the UK with additional protection agaisnt heat loss in one of a property’s most vulnerable areas. 

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At Home Logic, we strive to make energy-saving advancement accessible to the general population, giving every homeowner the ability to improve their home to better combat rising energy prices

The Future of Net Zero Design

The current cost of creating buildings that are 100% energy sustainable is not affordable for the mass population of the UK. However, it does show a movement in the right direction with the growing importance of saving energy, to reduce household expenditure and to combat the global issues that excess energy use is contributing to. 

At Home Logic, we strive to make energy-saving advancement accessible to the general population, giving every homeowner the ability to improve their home to better combat rising energy prices. 

Just one of our energy-saving services and products, can help to improve residential property conditions and lower the cost of heat bills – a step further towards net zero living.