sustainable self-build

Until Friday 12 November 2021, the UK is hosting the COP26 summit. World leaders and the public have gathered in Glasgow to articulate the need for collective and immediate climate action. While governments across the world discuss commitments to mitigate global warming, many will rethink their actions to protect the environment.

On an individual level, reducing waste, changing diets and choosing wiser modes of transport are cited as everyday examples people can make in an attempt to reduce their environmental footprints.

When it comes to life’s bigger decisions, such as housing, it can be difficult to know how to make greener decisions. Buildings are responsible for almost 40% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Arguably building energy-efficient homes is one of the first crucial steps to reaching zero carbon. It really has never been more important to build sustainably.

 

Choose timber frame for your self-build

There are different building materials you can choose as a self-builder, each with different performance outputs. Timber comes out on top when it comes to sustainability, as it is the most environmentally-friendly structural build system available. This will help you with a sustainable self-build.

Timber benefits from being the only naturally renewable material, whilst minimising energy consumption during the manufacturing process. Timber is the only organic, non-toxic building material with the lowest embodied carbon. As a result, opting for timber in your self-build means it’s significantly better for the environment than building with other materials.

 

Energy efficient living

It’s been hard to escape news of increasing costs of gas and oil. This, coupled with rising concerns over carbon emissions, means more people are turning to greener energy options. Self-builders often want to minimise their environmental impact, and whether this is by reducing carbon to save on energy bills, incorporating different levels of insulation or achieving Passivhaus standards, building with timber frame can help reduce a home’s overall environmental impact.

Green thinking from the outset means building with timber can meet both current and future regulations with regards to domestic buildings’ energy performance. Thanks to the level of offsite construction involved in the timber frame process, it is a precise build method, so energy performances can be guaranteed. This means you can design a home which eliminates unwanted draughts and the heat inside doesn’t escape.

Your finished home will benefit from huge energy savings as well as reducing your heating demands.

 

Think about the building’s thermal requirements for a sustainable self-build

At Frame Technologies, we offer three unique technology options for building with timber with our TechVantage™ Systems. These systems are at the forefront of structurally insulated panel technology, delivering exceptional energy-efficient building envelopes.

All three TechVantage™ Systems have the capability of exceeding Building Regulations to deliver Passivhaus performance, if the brief demands it. The range includes a super insulated panel system (Tech E), a super insulated breathable closed panel system (Tech S), and a super insulated breathable twin frame panel system (Tech T).

The type of insulation required will depend on desired thermal requirements, and choosing the right one can help in lowering your carbon footprint. All our TechVantage™ Systems provide different solutions – but if you need information on how to achieve a breathable wall timber frame or want to understand the different insulation materials available, such as glasswool or other natural insulations like sheep’s wool, our expert team is on hand to help identify the best energy-efficient timber options for your individual project.

 

Review your energy sources

Using timber with our fabric-first approach is one of the most cost-effective routes to reducing your carbon emissions. Getting the building envelope right from the outset is key, as it is only with an efficient frame that renewable energy sources available can really excel.

We work alongside experts such as those at Heat and Energy Ltd to help clients explore ways their timber frame self-build can be the most energy efficient as possible. Choosing renewable energy sources for your electricity and heating is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and make your home greener.

Solar panels, heat pumps, biomass boilers or building a home sourced with only natural and recycled materials can all be considered for a sustainable self-build – but if the building isn’t airtight, these products won’t run as effectively as intended.

 

Get in touch today about your sustainable self-build

It’s never been more important to build sustainably. The long term savings on heat and energy bills alongside creating modern, energy-efficient homes means that you’re building to best value and long term energy investment rather than simply thinking of initial costs. If COP26 teaches us anything it’s that we all need to be mindful about the actions we take and how we can tackle the climate crisis.

For those setting out on an environmentally friendly self-build journey but don’t know where to start, our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you may have or can provide suggestions. We always love hearing about greener builds, so please get in touch on enquiries@frametechnologies.co.uk.