Ventilation of a house
In order to create a healthy living environment, a house has to breathe.
The downside of having a house that is well ventilated, is that lots of energy is often lost. Especially during winter, when the generated heat is valuable, it is a waste to lose it because of draft or ventilation. For this reason, E&E houses are standard fitted with a so called Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MHRV) system. This system provides fresh air but while doing so, it transfers the heat of the outbound air to the clean inbound air. While passing through the system, it also gets filtered, creating a healthy living environment without wasting useful energy.
Infrared heating during the winter
Because the houses are isolated so well, the loss of heat is limited to a minimum. This means hardly any energy is needed to create a comfortable living temperature. Normally heat is already generated by the sun, during cooking or even by the lights inside the house. When this is still not enough during winter, extra heat needs to be added. This is done by far infrared heating. E&E uses this electric type of heating because it is energy efficient and comfortable. Infrared heat can be generated by both floor heating or infrared panels. This type of heating can be compared with the infrared radiation of the sun. Meaning objects are heated rather than the air, also making it healthier.
Cooling during the summer
It is just as important to keep your house cool during summer. This starts with keeping out the heat as much as possible, by installing blinds and heat reflecting film within the triple layered glass. However, it is impossible to keep out all the heat during warm summer months. That is why during the night, the ventilation system is also used to retract the warmed-up air inside the house and replace it with fresh cold air. If this is not enough, a cooling element can be added to the ventilation system to bring the temperature down even more. This additional system can lower the temperature up to 5 degrees without using huge amounts of energy like AC units do.
Heating up water efficiently
One of the biggest challenges in making a house energy efficient, is how to generate warm water. E&E houses use minimum amounts of energy by utilizing the heat of the sun. The solar collectors that are installed on the roof, pre-heat the water that goes into the electric high-efficiency boiler. The combination of these systems limit the demand for energy when heating up water.
Generating renewable energy
A private power plant, that is what E&E houses provide. At the beginning of each individual project, the starting point is to determine the amount of energy that is needed for an entire year. The next step is to engineer the roof subsequently that a sufficient amount of energy is generated. The result is a modern and integral roof of solar panels is created so that no more roofing tiles are needed. The roof now generates clean, safe and CO2 emission free electricity. This energy can be used for both house-and personal bound consumption.