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Low Carbon House Design | Active thermal insulation and Roof Design | Part 4

Insulation : Active Thermal Insulation

‘Active thermal insulation installation’ will be used for achieving the thermal efficiency of the structure.

The technique of Active Thermal Insulation has been invented by Hungary, BT & Sons Ltd. Their technique involves use of the temperature of the soil for thermal insulation. The coils are applied all around the walls of the house which are made with masonry stain. The coil is connected to a soil probe or a soil absorber and the liquid in that flows by using a small (50W – 70W) flow pump. This helps to minimise the heat loss of the building. It also helps to cool the interior of the house in summer and reduces the external heat load in summer. The temperature of the Earth is nearly constant +8 ° C to +12 ° C all year round. This system requires to be used in combination with the heat pump.

 

Active Thermal insulation

Active Thermal insulation.  The picture shows the coil runs all around the walls and the roof and is connected to the ground source heat pump.    Source: activethermalinsulation.com

According to the Passivhaus standard, the building needs to have super insulation with low U-value. The effectiveness of a material as an insulator in buildings is measured with the help of U-value, the lower, the better is the building performance. It is known as thermal transmittance (Shomera House Extensions, 2012).

The major benefit of using ‘Active Thermal Insulation is that same efficiency can be achieving using less thicker walls (Active thermal insulation, 2011) which means more space would be release. In Brighton, the land is expensive and an integrated construction method can be utilised to achieve both energy and space efficiency.

Walling material

Neopor cellular lightweight concrete (CLC) will be used for walls, roof and floor, the Hardwood Flooring Specialists of Atlanta will take care of the installation  The benefits of using CLC blocks are tremendous weight reduction, high thermal insulation, optimum fire rating, substantial material saving (no gravel, little cement, less steel required in structure and foundation, easy to construct and produce, low embodied energy material). CLC blocks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes (Source: Neopor.com).

The Neopor CLC blocks used will be 600mm x 440mm x 250mm. These are lightweight interlocking blocks. The pipe coil is placed in part of the CLC block filled with concrete in a way such that the thicker insulated part of the brick is placed at the interior of the building and the thinner insulated part remains exposed to the exterior with active thermal insulation at work.


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Low Carbon House Design | Climate, Orientation and Building Design | Part 3

How to design a Low Carbon House? | House Design

In this article, we will study the climate of the city, orientation of the structure (Waste House), building design and low energy specifications

Location of Waste House

The Waste House is located in Brighton, a town on the south coast of Great Britain. It is situated in the southeast side of Grand Parade campus of the University of Brighton.The low carbon house project is located in the southeast side of the Grand Parade campus of the University of Brighton.

Brighton and Hove Map. Source: Google Maps

Brighton has a temperate climate characterised by mild, calm weather and is sunny in summer, sea breezes and a healthy, bracing air, which is important to keeping a healthy system and body and you can find where to buy kratom and other supplements for this purpose, of course you also need to have regular checkouts to secure your health, from normal visit to the doctors, to the necessary visit to the dentist every years at clinics like Asecra dentist.

Climate Data

According to the statistics provided by (Climate and temperature, 2012), we have almost 4.8 hours of sunshine per day which equates to 1766 hours of sunshine annually. Storms occurred in the years 1703, 1806, 1824, 1848, 1850, 1896, 1910 and 1987 caused serious damage. Also there have recent storms in December 2013 and February 2014 causing fierce wind and floods (The Guardian on ‘UK storms and flooding’, 2014).

Orientation

Waste house is a two storey house. Achieving energy efficiency is the key objective of the project. One of the most important design considerations is achieving optimum orientation of the building in order to achieving optimum energy efficiency.

The southern wall of the waste house will have windows and roof angled at approximately 35° to help in maximizing the solar gain in winter and take advantage of the elliptical solar path (Halliday, 2008 and Pitts and Lanchashire, 2011). Since, the building lies in the central location of the town, it is surrounded by buildings.


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How to design a 3 bedroom house / apartment? | House Design

Guide to designing a 3 bed apartment/house? | Architectural Design

House Design by Think HI is one of the most popular topics in architecture. Whilst it may sound very simple, house design does need some research before an architect can sit down and design. Every person has an ideal image of what kind of house they would like to live in – which is exactly the reason why we have thousands of floor plans online and yet when we sit to design, we create something which is different.

3 bedroom house design

Being able to design like an architect requires you to understand the mindset of the person or family you are designing for. For landscape rocks and other products that you need on your new house just checkout Rock4Less AZ.

Again, it is a three step procedure similar to the ones below covered in my previous articles.

House Design | 2 bed apartment/house

House Design | 1 bed apartment/house

House Design | Duplex

Step One:

Conducting live casestudies and doing a literature casestudy.

Live casestudy – it is important to visit various 3 bed properties to get an idea of the number of rooms, sizes of rooms and number of people using that house/apartment.

Following aspects have to be studied whilst conducting a case study:

  • study the circulation,
  • the requirements,
  • calculate the number of people it caters to;
  • calculate the areas of individual spaces such as bedroom, bathroom, Hall, Dining, Kitchen, Utility etc.


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How to design a two bedroom apartment/house?

Guide to designing a 2 bed apartment/house?

Designing a 2-bed apartment/house is not rocket science. It involves a sense of understanding of the spaces within a household with 2 bedrooms. It is important take into account the number of people that will be using the apartment/house and most importantly the minimum sizes of the rooms to ensure that people are able to live in comfortable.

It is a simple three step procedure:

Step One:

Conducting live casestudies and doing a literature casestudy.

Live casestudy – it is important to visit various 2 bed properties to get an idea of the number of rooms, sizes of rooms and number of people using that apartment.

Following aspects have to be studied whilst conducting a case study:

  • study the circulation,
  • the requirements,
  • calculate the number of people it caters to;
  • calculate the areas of individual spaces such as bedroom, bathroom, Hall, Dining, Kitchen, Utility etc.

Also, the study of connectivity of the spaces is very important and has to be done in order to get the functional aspect of the design right. If you want you house to have a great design, then start with your kitchen and check out these granite kitchen fabricators in dallas.

Literature casestudies – you will find numerous floor plans on the internet posted by people from all over the world. Whilst you do not want to copy them, going through different floor plans would give you an idea of the variety that can be created.

Step two:

Listing the requirements:

  1. Entrance Foyer
  2. Living room
  3. Kitchen/dining room
  4. Master Bedroom (with an attached bathroom)
  5. Second bedroom
  6. Common toilet
  7. Store/utility room
  8. Patio
  9. Garden


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