How buildings can be kinder to the environment

  • Doors with draught proofing and low emissivity glass reduce heat loss. Double or triple glazing with a 16mm air gap
  • 150mm depth of mineral fibre insulation between floor joists reduces heat loss through the floor.
  • Draught proofing around the front door frame and letterbox
  • Lagged water pipes
  • Gas central heating is among the most efficient means
  • Native trees and shrubs for landscaping

Eco friendly house
Photograph of Leicester Eco-House kindly provided by permission of Environ

Loft Insulation Loft insulation should be the No. 1 priority in energy saving. A minimum depth of 250mm of mineral wool or cellulose fibre should be used.
Solar system The solar system - solar panels can result in long-term energy and cost savings.
Window frames Door and window frames made from native British hard wood. Permethrin preservative only for timber treatment.
Wall cavity Mineral wool & cellulose fibre are effective cavity wall insulators, without the risk of toxic gas which may be given off by some foam insulation.
Recycling boxes Clean dry storage facilities for recyclable materials can be incorporated into the design of new buildings.
Low energy bulb Low energy bulbs use one fifth of the energy of conventional tungsten filament bulbs.
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