A leading building control service for England and Wales recently inspected the eco-credentials of what is dubbed the ‘Future-Proof Home’. Quadrant Building Control inspected an exclusive development of five Trivselhus houses in the rural village of Meopham in the heart of Kent. Trivselhus doors and windows are triple-glazed, argon-filled units that are pre-fitted in the factory and arrive on site within the completed wall panel.
Paul Knight, Director at Quadrant Building Control, said: “These features are aimed at minimising construction time while ensuring that the occupants don’t experience draughts and energy loss. The whole house has mechanical ventilation with heat recovery for good air quality and no wasted warmth.
“In the Meopham houses, heating and hot water come from a high-efficiency gas condensing boiler with a hot water storage cylinder and radiators. This creates homes that are very thermally efficient, require low heating loads and provide a clean, fresh and comfortable internal environment insulated from external noise."
But what makes the Trivselhus (roughly translated as ‘house of wellbeing’) so ‘future-proof’ is the thermal insulation, according to Joe Campion, Director at Quadrant Building Control.
“There is 240mm of mineral wool insulation built into the closed panels of the house at factory stage, which provides a highly insulated layer,” said Joe.
“It is very difficult to put more thermal insulation into the fabric of a standard house. Future-proofing means maximising the building’s thermal insulation so that future improvements become easy.”