Home energy use is responsible for over a quarter of the UK's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions which are widely thought to contribute to climate change. The pressure is on to reduce CO2 emissions - and one of the most significant contributions to achieving lower CO2 emissions is to make housing more energy-efficient
According to the Energy Saving Trust, a traditional brick-and-block house constructed to Building Regulations/Standards will consume up to 85kWh of energy per year, per square metre of floor area for heating and hot water. Depending on the design and size of the house, an off-site manufactured home like Scothaus can get that energy consumption figure down as low as 30 kWh.
In other words, owning a Scothaus home can easily reduce your energy costs by 50% or more, depending on the specification and energy system you choose.
Scotframe adopts a 'fabric first' approach to all of the timber frame systems it manufactures, including the Scothaus system. The Scothaus system is manufactured to millimetre tolerances. This means that when your Scothaus is assembled on site by one of our specialist build teams, the degree of airtightness achieved is outstanding. Typically, a Scothaus home will be airtight down to fewer than 3 air changes per hour, compared to a building regulation/standard requirement of under 10 air changes per hour.
The combination of fabric quality and airtightness achieved by Scothaus - and which is extremely difficult to match using on-site construction methods - means that your home will be one of the most energy efficient houses on the market today.
At Scothaus we've adopted an integrated, design-led approach to improving the energy-efficiency of your home. We integrate the design of the wall structure, especially the levels of insulation, with manufacturing excellence, with mechanical heat recovery and ventilation systems and with expert assembly on site to maximise construction cost-effectiveness and minimise your energy costs.
Furthermore, your Scothaus home is perfectly designed and constructed to be integrated with renewable energy systems of your choice, be that a heat pump, multi-fuel stove, photovoltaic array, solar panels, biomass system or whatever combination of features best suits your way of life.
A properly designed home energy system offers you opportunities to reduce your running costs; increase comfort levels by maintaining a stable indoor temperature; get paid for generating your own electricity; protect yourself against rising energy prices and minimise your carbon footprint.