human species needs above all a sense of security to live happily.
... We feel secure
because we have witnessed the best materials being used to construct our
home. And, boy do we feel
comfortable! On the horizon
we see large forests around us but we never fear the winds because we know
that our home has been put together so solidly.
In case you didn’t suspect it, we love our ... home with its
cathedral ceilings and red cedar. We
wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
We wish you all the same.”
Levesque & Pierre Brousseau
EEH Homes are as
Energy Efficient as we can make them, and yet still be reasonable
Besides the actual optimized design of the home, there are many factors to
consider. For instance, the direction a home faces, the heat sink capability of items
in the home, and the
degree of regular wind can all play a vital roll in maintaining energy efficiency
once the home has been built. The time to sort this out is before you start
Remember an Energy Efficient Home is as easy to cool as it is to heat. Thus
an EEH home will benefit from the latest heat pump technology for ancillary
heating/Cooling. Heat pumps are much more economical to run than
small heaters. Ask us for more information about heat pumps and how to easily
your whole home temperature regulated, and comfortable tear round.
Key EEH potential Benefits
Maximise or minimise solar
Maximum thermal absorption
potential depending upon model
Home is sealed to ensure minimum wind
losses and drafts.
Windows that don't condense
under normal conditions.
Beyond the Basic Shell
Once the basic design of a home has been
selected, the home needs to be "pointed" in the right direction,
once all the aspects of the site are taken into consideration. Windows facing
North into the sun will ensure maximum absorption of the sun's energy. In
Summer this can be a problem as too much sun can easily overheat a home. This
is easily tempered with good forethought and design inclusions.
In consultation with your EEH representative,
ascertain the real parameters required and ensure important items such as
Blinds, Overhangs, Direction, bedroom sun, thermal heat sinks and airtight
fireplaces are considered.
For optimal heating, maximize the
North facing with maximum glassed area. Vertical blinds will help
control summer sun.
A large (airtight) stone/brick fireplace and or
Kitchen/Dining room with a 25cm concrete base, dark tiles, make for an
excellent heat sink if illuminated properly. This helps moderate the ambient
temperatures and the home can hold the warmth of day throughout the
This must be designed in early, and a
minimum 25cm insulated concrete heat sink floor + tile must be included in the design and
structural requirements. Piping built into the concrete prior to
placing, allows temperature migration, and optimal use of the heat
The same goes for a fireplace with its
associated stone/Brick/Concrete. Obviously a fully open hearth defeats
the purpose of sealing the home, therefore an airtight insert is used,
with ancillary fresh air intake for air exchange. Also consider a
"Heatilator" (Fan forced heat extraction around the
fireplace insert. Ask about these features if you are not sure.
Consideration should be given to maximize
the side with the heat sink, towards North.
The design of Active solar and
Electric Solar Panels can easily be built in when designing a home. It
is beyond the scope of this document to describe in detail the options
here. Suffice to say a preinstalled duct from roof to
basement/storage area will allow post completion installation of any
Active Solar system. Pipes & cables can easily be passed
through to the roof in this manner, with all concealed within the
Your EEH representative will be able
to assist in these areas, and to offer complete installation and
integration. In NZ it is not impossible to make a fully integrated
Solar home, where no ancillary heat beyond normal occupation is
required to heat the home all year.
Obviously this will vary with external
extreme temperatures and altitudes, but the concept remains: with
minimum ancillary heating and solar augmentation there is no real
reason any home in NZ could not be self sufficient in its own heating energy
requirements. An EEH home is the perfect base home for solar
pictures are of actual homes, customized for each customer, and
therefore may show features not included in the base offering, but
available on request as an option
Large 168 page, high
quality, full colour, Catalogue available containing all current
models. $65 including postage. Payment by cheque or Credit card (via
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are also available on CD for $7 including P&P, and include high
resolution pictures: Please
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models can be ordered with Garages
Models can be customised
models can be optimised by the use of basements, a low cost way to
enlarge any home
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