Beacon’s whole of house approach

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We believe that we need to focus on the whole of the house in order to really get a fundamental change in our homes and their effect on the natural environment and on our quality of life.
 
The reason for this?  Our houses are a web of interdependent features and building systems.  We cannot fix one area only without compromises and under-performance in other aspects of the home.  For example: 

  • We could use less energy by under-heating the home, but this would mean unhealthy temperatures.  
  • We could install heat pumps or pellet burners to heat a home, but without sealing draughts and insulating ceiling, walls and floor, this would be like driving a car with the heater on and the windows open. 
  • We could install a wonderful super-energy-efficient product, but if it has toxic by-products, we’d compromise our indoor environment.
  • We could insulate and use energy efficient heating, appliances and lighting but if we still use a lot of hot water, overall energy use will still be high - approximately 30% of typical New Zealand household energy consumption is spent heating water. 
  • And even if a home’s energy use was as efficient as possible, but we used a huge amount of reticulated water, we would have to consider the energy used to collect, purify, and transport that water to our door. 

HSS addresses whole of house
So here at Beacon we take a ‘whole of house’ approach to sustainable homes, focusing on energy, water, indoor environment, waste and materials.


Our ‘whole of house’ approach focuses on:

Icon, Energy

Energy


Icon, Water

Water


Icon, IEQ

Indoor environment quality


Icon, Waste

Waste


Icon, Systems

Materials