Our energy efficient homes

Hayhill are working towards green homes and on some of our developments we will be introduciing the following technologies.

Our energy efficient homes

Hayhill are working towards green homes and on some of our developments we will be introduciing the following technologies.

Exterior Technologies

Electric Vehicle Charges

The installation of car charging can encourage homeowners to make the switch over to EVs reducing local emissions. Car batteries can also be used for excess energy storage or for backup power for grid outages.

PV Panels

Solar electricity panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy and convert it into electricity. By installing solar panels occupants can generate their own renewable electricity for use in their home.

Using solar PV panels provides free clean energy for the homeowners with a payback period on average of 10 years.

Smart Doorbell

A smart doorbell is an internet-connected doorbell that notifies a smartphone or other electronic device of the home owner when a visitor arrives at the door. It lets the home owner use a smartphone app to watch and talk with the visitor by using the doorbell's built-in high-definition infrared camera and microphone. They can be either battery operated or wired.

Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air into a liquid refrigerant at a low temperature. Using electricity, the pump compresses the liquid to increase its temperature and then condenses back into a liquid form to release its stored heat providing heat and hot water for the whole home.

Heat pumps operate at a COP (Coefficient of performance) of 3-5 (300-500% efficiency). This means for every 1kW of electric energy used to power the heat pump results in the delivery of between 3-5kW of heat energy.

Water Butts

Water butts are large tanks typically ranging from 100-250 litres+ that collect and store rainwater outside the home.

Water collected can be used for the washing of cars and gardening, promoting greater health and well-being and increasing overall water efficiency for the home.

Rotary Dryer

Shaped like an inverted umbrella and similarly having the ability to be raised up and down when needed, rotary dryers can provide efficient use of outdoor space for clothes drying.

These are an alternative to traditional drying lines and energy intensive electric dryers. They save on space and energy while helping to avoid indoor clothes drying that can lead to poor indoor air quality.

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"The houses were well designed and the layouts worked. Rooms were spacious and the quality and finish was second to none.”

Gary & Liz

Interior Technologies

Home office spaces

High quality, well designed home working spaces are a must-have in modern homes, especially due to the change in working landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A comfortable work environment with natural lighting and views of nature have been shown to improve producticity and overall health.

High speed internet meshed through the home

High speed internet througout the home allows the occupant to effortlessy and efficiently work from home, access streaming services for entertainment, and allow their homes to be integrated with smart home technologies.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats can be used with home automation and are responsible for controlling a home's heating and hot water. They allow the user to control the temperature of their home throughout the day using a schedule, but also contain additional features, such as sensors and WiFi connectivity.

Flexible garden spaces for dining and entertaining

Flexible outdoor spaces allow for the home owner to enjoy a quiet breakfast outdoors or entertain friends and family with a barbeque.

The importance of outdoor space in promoting improved health and happiness has long been recognised, and research has shown a positive relationship between green space and general well-being.

Triple glazing to limit solar gain and increase thermal performance

Triple glazing is made up of three panes of glass instead of one or two. The cavity between each pane of glass is usually filled with an inert gas – such as argon, xenon or krypton. Together with the extra pane, this can help to reduce noise transmission and increase energy efficiency.

Low embodied carbon materials for construction

Embodied carbon can be defined as the total of greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by the manufacture and supply of construction products and materials. By using low embodied carbon materials, we can limit the negative impacts on global warming caused by buildings.

WWHR systems

Waste Water Heat Recovery System (WWHRS) is a simple technology that uses waste/residual heat from waste shower water to preheat the incoming cold feed that refills the system/water heater.

Up to 67% of heat energy can be recovered from the water with this system with a payback achieved between 2-10 years depending on frequency of use.

Water efficient fittings

Water efficient fittings such as flow restrictors in showers and taps and lower cistern capacities in toilets reduce water use in homes without the conscious input from the homeowners.

Through the use of these measures water efficiency improves significantly and as a result reduces costs and carbon associated with water and water heating.

Cylinders heated via PV panels

Connecting hot water cylinders to PV panels can turn them in to thermal battery stores by converting electricity into heat energy in the form of hot water.

When homeowners are away from their homes during the day and no electricity is needed, excess energy being produced by the PV array can be directed to heat water for occupants to use when they arrive home.

Smart lighting

Smart lighting is a lighting technology designed for energy efficiency, convenience and security. This may include high efficiency fixtures and automated controls that make adjustments based on conditions such as occupancy or daylight availability.

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