Extensions provide home owners with a means of increasing the amount of living space within a property. Often extensions are preferable to moving house as they are cheaper and do not involve the associated hassle, such as legal costs, of moving. Despite the reduction in cost, extending a property is still a major investment.
Due to this it is paramount to get the best possible value for money on an extension. This is not merely the short term costs of building materials and labour, it is referring to the long term energy costs associated with inhabiting the property. Making an energy efficient home extension is an excellent means of reducing these long terms costs.
Collected beneath are a number of factors to consider when planning an energy efficient home extension:
- Consider the properties current energy efficiency:
It is all well and good planning energy efficiency into an extension, however if the existing building isn’t particularly energy efficient this can prove a waste of time and money. Prior to commencing the major building work of the extension, focus on getting the whole of the property to a desired level of energy efficiency.
- Glass or bricks:
Homeowners often see conservatories as a cost effective means of extending a home. However they can often be an energy drain, this is because a lot of energy is required to heat them in winter and an equal amount of energy is required to cool them in summer. In order to increase the amount of habitable space within a home effectively physical extensions prove more energy efficient than conservatories.
- Select the optimum shape:
When it comes to energy efficiency, the shape of the extension is incredibly important. Elongated or elaborate designs can often result in higher levels of heat loss per square unit of floor space. Compact designs are far more energy efficient. In addition, if possible always opt for a south facing construction in order to maximise the natural heat which is provided by the sun.
Minimum insulation standards or domestic extension are imposed in the UK by building regulations. However if the extension budget permits it is highly advisable to exceed these. Installing superior insulation will offset the heating costs which would be otherwise required through a boiler or radiators.
If a proposed extension project involves the fitting of a bathroom or separate toilet room, ensure to install a low-flow toilet. These toilets can reduce the associated water consumption and associated financial costs by up to 75%.
At Broadoak Basements we have a vast amount of experience dealing with energy efficient home extensions. If you are considering extending your property get in touch with our expert team who will be happy to discuss your requirements. You can contact us by telephone on 0161 962 1623 or email us using our contact form.