A Look At Environmentally Friendly Modular Buildings

Even when it comes to construction methods such as modular buildings, there’s environmentally friendly and eco friendly versions available! Companies such as Wernick Buildings are leading the way in eco-friendly modular buildings with their range, the Rapid Plan 3000.

Wernick take the environmental impact of their construction methods very seriously and have ensured that the RapidPlan 3000 meets a range of criteria to ensure that the building utilizes environmentally friendly methods of production as well as being energy efficient. The buildings have been designed to a specific size in order to fit the exact size of materials and ensure that waste is reduced to an absolute minimum. With the range, quality has in no way been compromised in an attempt to make the buildings environmentally friendly, further demonstrating the companies dedication to offering eco friendly modular buildings.

As David Wernick, CEO, explains, “The offsite manufacturing process of our buildings means that the construction site programme is greatly reduced, which minimises the impact on the environment and neighbours to the proposed construction site. When possible, we also source labour locally in order to both reduce travelling costs and to help support local communities.”

“Wernick modular buildings are also completely flexible and can be tailored to your requirements, utilising a range of environmentally friendly options. We work closely with industry leading manufacturers to provide a broad range of renewable energy technologies such as underfloor heating, solar panel water heating systems, photovoltaic electric panels, biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting solutions and passive ventilation.”

For a range of modular buildings which are environmentally friendly and tick all the boxes when it comes to a company demonstrating corporate social responsibility, look no further! For more information, see the companies latest press release here or for their range of used portable buildings, see their sister company, PK Cabins.

Properly Disposing Of Hazardous Waste Materials

Whether you work in construction and regularly deal with jobs where buildings contain the likes of asbestos or work in an industry where you produce hazardous as a by-product of your production process, the correct disposal of hazardous waste is something which is legally required of you (see the Environmental Agency for more information). As such, the most effective way to ensure the correct disposal of hazardous and dangerous waste is to employ the services of a hazardous waste disposal agency.

We spoke with one of the UK’s leading hazardous waste removal agencies, Red Industries (www.redindustries.co.uk) about the importance of properly disposing of hazardous waste and they commented, “in order for hazardous waste to be disposed of properly, you need the correct license and permit to do so. As such, it significantly restricts who can legally dispose of such waste. In order for you to know you’ve met legislation for disposal, you need to be using a registered disposal agency!”

In terms of the actual disposal of hazardous waste, you need to be employing an agency who can swiftly and effectively remove the waste as and when you produce it. Of course, this applies for businesses producing large amounts of hazardous waste on a regular basis.

In addition, however, there’s the likes of construction teams who will require removal of hazardous materials only on an occasional basis. One main material which is seen regularly in the construction industry is asbestos. Of course, when it comes to asbestos removal, this may only be on an occasional basis and, as such, doesn’t require the employment of an agency in the same way as those industries producing hazardous waste on a daily basis.

We spoke with London bases asbestos removal company, Westland Environmental Ltd, about the removal of asbestos and they stated, “whilst asbestos doesn’t legally have to be removed by a waste removal agency, it’s by far the quickest and safest way to do so. Asbestos can be a dangerous substance and it really is recommended it’s removed by professionals.”

All in all, whether you produce hazardous waste as a by-product of your main production line or deal with materials such as asbestos on an occasional basis; it needs to be disposed of properly and safely and the best option for doing so is to employ a specialist hazardous waste removals service to do this for you.

The Importance Of Insulating Garage Doors

When it comes to owning a house which has a garage as part of it; you’ve potentially got up to a quarter of the front of your house exposed as a way for heat to escape. If heat is escaping through your garage door; you could be paying far more than you need to for your energy bills. As such, we thought we’d take a look at the importance of having properly insulated garage doors t ensure your house isn’t leaking energy through it. We spoke with James Darnell from Lakes Garage Doors about the importance of insulated garage doors and why it’s essential that you make sure you’re not leaking warmth and energy through an un-insulated garage.

When you think about it; a garage which forms part of the front of your house can potentially make up a quarter of the front of your house. As such, this is a potentially large opening through which heat can escape if it’s not properly insulated. If you have this type of garage and are paying more on your bills than you’d expect to be; you need to double check whether or not your garage door is insulated. A garage door which isn’t insulated can cause you to be paying more for your bills than you need to be and is something which you should have looked at.

In terms of having your garage door insulated, this can be done to existing garage doors, however in many instances, it makes much more sense to purchase a ready insulated garage door. Darnell stated, “At Lakes Doors, we regularly supply insulated garage doors for those who’ve been using more energy than they should have been. It’s amazing what a difference you can see both in terms of energy savings and in how much warmer your house is following having an insulated garage door put into place.”

More than anything; it’s something which you need to do sooner rather than later to ensure your energy bills are kept down this winter.

Insulating Your Loft To Save Energy

When it comes to saving money on your household energy bills, you need to reduce your energy consumption to reduce your bills. As we’ve recently looked at here, one thing you need to make sure is that your house is properly insulated. A house with inadequate insulation is hard to heat as warmth is essentially escaping through the walls and the roof and you can find out that you’re paying far more than you need to each month on your bills because of this. As such, we thought we’d take a look at insulating your loft to save energy following a guide we came across on the Energy Saving Trust site.

It’s estimated that you could save up to £175 per year by having your loft properly insulated and it’s certainly one of the most important things for you to insulate. Of course, it’s also important to have your cavity walls insulated, however it’s the loft where most warmth escapes from. When you think about it, heat rises. As such, when heat rises and when it does, it escapes through the roof if your loft hasn’t got sufficient insulation.

When it comes to having your loft insulated, why not do it yourself? You can generally fully insulate your loft for as little as £50 depending on the type of insulation you use and, of course, this can pay for itself in far less than a year. If doing it yourself, think carefully about the type of insulation you use as you can generally choose from either rockwool or foam board insulation. Rockwool is far cheaper, however foam board will generally reduce your energy bills even further as it holds heat better. For more information on the types of insulation, take a look at energy.gov.

More than anything; if you want to make sure you’re not paying over the odds on your energy bills, you need to make sure your loft is properly insulated to ensure you’re not loosing heat where you shouldn’t be. It’s well worth considering doing it yourself and you could see the savings almost straight away.

We brought you this guest post from Orbital Fasteners, a fantastic online store selling a range of DIY goods including joist hangers, which should always be checked when insulating your loft.

Energy Efficient Garden Pods

As we are here to bring you ideas about all sorts of eco friendly products, today we’re going to take a look at garden pods and how they can be a great solution to your needs.

When choosing a major item for your home or garden, it’s worth doing that little bit extra when it comes to research, to make sure you are getting a product that will be energy efficient to benefit both the environment and your wallet.

There are many different options available online from companies such as www.oecogardenrooms.co.uk that provide energy efficient features for your pod. All garden pods from Oeco fully comply with building regulations so you can be sure that they are well insulated to keep in the heat in winter. They feature double glazed windows and doors, constructed from heat saving 28mm Pilkington K argon filled units and the outsides are clad in Western Red Cedar, which is one of the most desirable external claddings. As this is completely maintenance free and has a life span of 40 – 50 years, then this makes a great eco friendly choice. All the garden pods are finished internally with plasterboard and skimmed walls and ceilings making them well insulated against sound as well as providing a warm and cosy environment to work or relax in, and the construction matches the exacting standards of a modern well built house.

The floor, walls and ceiling are all insulated with the latest thermal insulation panels and technically they are the most advanced products available, being the equivalent of 225mm of animal or mineral fibre. Many optional extras are available including a 2kw stainless steel panel heater which comes complete with 24 hour timer, thermostatic controls and full and half heat options to allow full regulation of your heating needs. Another optional eco friendly addition would be a water butt to allow collection of rainwater from the roof – a good money saving idea if your water is metered.

In terms of energy efficiency, a pod would make a great addition to any garden.

Buying A Hot Tub For Your Garden

When it comes to doing up your home and garden, we’re here to bring you some top tips and ideas which are, of course, all eco-friendly! Hot tubs are traditionally thought of as only something which can be afforded by the rich and famous, however, in recent years, prices have dropped considerably and they’re affordable to most of us! What’s even better, from our point of view, is that hot tubs have become more economically friendly and now use considerably less power to operate than they traditionally have done!

Whilst a hot tub is something which is considered to be a luxury; it’s one which you’ll never tire of enjoying! Owning your own hot tub is something which is quite simply fantastic and there’s no doubt that you’ll be the talk of all your friends and family for weeks to come…you’ll suddenly find yourself the popular one with everyone wanting to come round and try it out!

In terms of how eco-friendly a hot tub is; it’s a lot more so than a couple of years back! With fuel prices rising, everyone wants to cut their bills and manufacturers of a wide range of products are being forced to make their products more economically friendly, which we, of course, think is absolutely brilliant.

If you’re in any doubt as to whether or not a hot tub is for you whilst in the process of re-doing your garden, why not hire a hot tub to see how you like it? Of course, we’re sure that you’ll absolutely love it but if in doubt, try one out! It’s a fantastic investment and one which you can be sure isn’t going to be having a nasty environmental impact!

5 Ways To Make Your Home Eco Friendly

We all know how important it is for us to make our homes eco friendly, not only to save ourselves money on energy costs but also to do our bit for the environment. As such, we teamed up with RoomBuddies, one of the UK’s leading resources for those looking for flatshares to put together our top 5 ways in which you can make your home eco friendly.

Firstly, use energy efficient lightbulbs. It may not seem a big deal, however there is a financial saving to be made by switching to energy efficient lightbulbs as well as an environmental one. In general, such a light bulb will use up to 5 times less energy than a standard one and if you think of this across a year or even a decade? It’s a lot of energy saved!

Secondly, make sure your house is properly insulated. By ensuring your walls, floors and roof are properly insulated, you could save yourself anything up to a few hundred pounds per year. It’s through your walls, floor and roof which most energy escapes so if you can keep this energy within your house as long as possible, you won’t need the heating on the same!

Thirdly; turn off appliances at the plug! If you simply put the likes of TVs on standby using your remote control, you’re not fully switching the device off and it’s still using energy. Turn things off at the plug once you’ve finished with them and you could save around £30 per year.

Fourthly; replace your boiler! Old boilers can be very energy inefficient and you could be using an awful lot more energy than you need to! The cost of a new boiler could be paid for in a year or two simply by the reduced energy bills due to a much more efficient boiler. Certainly one to consider!

Lastly; place reflective panels behind your radiators! These typically loose a lot of heat from their rear next to the wall so placing a reflective panel there helps to reflect this energy back into the room, hence heating your house whilst using much less energy!

By putting into place a few simply energy saving and eco friendly ideas, you could see yourself saving a considerable amount on energy bills as well as you feeling great knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment!