We are delighted to announce that Paul McAlister Architects have achieved the 3rd Low Carbon Home in Northern Ireland. The Low Carbon Homes scheme is a rate relief which aims to encourage the building of low and zero carbon homes in Northern Ireland. This is a scheme that provides full rate relief to the first occupier of a new low carbon home for up to two years or up to five years for the first occupier of a new zero carbon home.
What is a low or zero carbon home?
Whether low or zero carbon, the home will be highly insulated all round (ground and exposed floors, roof(s) and exposed walls). The home will also be very airtight to reduce heat losses due to draughts. The basic concept is to ‘build tight, ventilate right.’ Low carbon homes are likely to have highly efficient condensing boilers (up to 97% efficient) to provide space heating and also solar water heating and/or mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.
Zero carbon homes are likely to have wood or wood pellet burning stoves for space heating or alternatively, air or ground source heat pumps, or even a mix. This will be coupled with solar panels for domestic hot water and Photo Voltaic panels (PV) or wind generators to produce electricity (electricity being the most carbon intensive energy source of all with a generation efficiency of around 27%). These are just some examples of what you could expect to see in a low or zero carbon home
What do I need to do to build to these standards?
Anyone wishing to build a low or zero carbon home may wish to seek the advice of a building professional (architect/energy consultant) who is also a qualified On-Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA). As certified ODECA consultants PMC Architects can advise the most cost effective route to achieving low or zero carbon standards.
How will I find out if my home is low or zero carbon?
If your home meets these standards we will provide you with a zero/low carbon certificate at the same time as your New Build EPC is issued. We also offer this service during the design process to incorporate low carbon design into your new home.
Who do I contact?
Phone 02838355111 or go to www.pmcarchitects.com for more information.