The Shoreline Eco Development combines modern living with great design and practical features to save energy and money, such as solar panels and air transfer systems, a bio fuel stove, and regulation-surpassing insulation. We spent a lot of time and energy into making your new eco home, eco-friendly in a cost-effective and practical way.
Eco Heating and Eco Hot Water: Altherma Energy Air Source Heat Pump
Altherma by Daikin is a highly flexible, energy-efficient, eco home heating system that extracts the heat from the outside air, raises this heat to a higher temperature and then distributes warmth around the home through high quality heating units. At the heart of the system lies an air to water heat pump.
Altherma heats up to 5 times more efficiently than a traditional heating system based on fossil fuels or electricity. By making use of the heat in the outside air, one uses much less energy. Thanks to the inverter technology, heat pump systems are 3 to 5 times more efficient than fossil fuel boilers and are capable of warming a house completely, even during the lowest winter temperatures.
Altherma’s intelligent controller can be set to exactly match your needs and usage and to adapt to the current weather conditions. Altherma can also work in reverse to offer highly effective climate control in hot weather. It also controls the solar tube water heating which features an electric reserve back up and a weekly automated cleaning cycle. Altherma has recently been awarded the European Eco-Label.
Due to its low outside to inside surface ratio, a Shoreline eco home is inherently more heat retaining than most properties of similar volume. Silvertex roof insulation, suspended ceilings with super high insulating properties, and the composite concrete hollow rib floors all help retain heat.
The Shoreline Eco Development also has excellent noise insulation, delivered by carefully considered design, plus double glazing and noise reducing underlay to the wooden laminate floor.
The Shoreline Eco Development show home features LED (light-emitting diode) lighting in the bathrooms plus low energy lighting throughout the house. The custom made kitchen in the show house and other domestic spaces feature a clean modern timeless design, that is built to last and removes the pressure to refit every few years. The kitchen units in the other eco homes we will fit to each purchaser’s requirements. We recognise that everyone has different taste and most people prefer to choose their kitchen. We give each purchaser this option which reduces the possibility of the waste of early replacement.
All timber used in the Shoreline Eco Development originates from European manufactured supplies and Scandinavian FSC timber to reduce transport impacts. Forest certification means that the wood used comes from a sustainable source,
Obtaining PEFC Sustainable Forest Management certification demonstrates that management practices meet requirements for best practice in sustainable forest management, including:
- Biodiversity of forest ecosystems is maintained or enhanced
- The range of eco system services that forests provide is sustained
- they provide food, fibre, biomass and wood
- they are a key part of the water cycle, act as sinks capturing and storing carbon, and prevent soil erosion
- they provide habitats and shelter for people and wildlife; and
- they offer spiritual and recreational benefits
- Chemicals are substituted by natural alternatives or their use is minimised
- Workers’ rights and welfare are protected
- Local employment is encouraged
- Indigenous peoples’ rights are respected
- Operations are undertaken within the legal framework and following best practices
The most challenging aspect of this development was getting out of the ground. This involved detailed site preparation and major civil engineering works.
The Shoreline Eco Development is sited on a steep slope which although ensuring the great views, proved a complex build under very strict planning conditions. The land served no useful purpose and proved a security risk for the surrounding properties. After detailed soil tests we were pleased to discover that it was not contaminated even though it had attracted flytippers. Phoenix Trinity took 8 months to create a solid method statement, and gather the required team, including local firms Performance Foundations and BDR Structural Engineers. The solution involved boring and forming very deep concrete and reinforced auger bored piles, inserting a steel cage, building a contiguous piled wall and a capping and ground beam. The result was an exceptionally solid foundation structure which the Shoreline eco development was built upon.