In addition to the required reduction, Alastair Reid was also keen to use a timber frame for the development. He also wanted to achieve compliance without the use of renewables, MVHR or gas savers and to achieve the target of a lower than five on the air permeability test.
This was another case study our team were happy to get their thinking caps on for!
..and the Solution
With Alastair’s assistance in providing alternative specifications and previous project information, our SAP assessor Dominique Gilbert set about looking for a number of cost effective solutions for this bespoke assessment. U-values and heating were high on her analysis agenda and proved the key to finding the optimum solution.
She firstly looked at a fabric-first approach, which is often a winner for our clients. However, for this development, the recommendation was to install high efficiency mains gas boilers with improved heating controls. This meant Cruden could avoid the use of gas savers, one of their key aims.
Energist provided us with an excellent service and their staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.
Alastair Reid, Cruden Homes
Using a decentralised ventilation system also avoided the costly use of MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery) whilst ensuring ventilation requirements were met. Another of their key aims.
Even with imminent deadlines, Dominique gave Cruden Homes the Energist touch. She gave unlimited advice and met all of Alastair’s challenge. All that was left was another delighted client.