The principles of low energy building have been known for many years but it has only been in the last decade as concerns over global warming have come to the fore that interest has risen and more structures, are being built with energy as a prime concern. Our flagship garden offices are an example of such a building using high levels of insulation and airtight construction.
Here at Vivid Green in order to minimise energy demand and environmental impact we do our best to source sustainable materials for our buildings.
Timber is possibly the only truly renewable building resource, forest replanting schemes typically replace 2 trees for every one removed, young trees produce Oxygen and remove more CO² than older ones.
SIP panels are extremely resource efficient, they are manufactured using between 35 – 40% less timber than traditional framing methods. The outer sides to a SIP panel are manufactured in OSB (oriented strand board) OSB is made from sustainable self- generating forests or plantation/woodlot thinning all of which are managed by the FSC. OSB a wood product uses less energy to produce than concrete or steel. SIP panels are one of the most environmentally responsible building systems available. A SIP building provides extremely high levels of insulation and is extremely airtight, meaning that the amount of energy used to heat and cool a room can be cut by up to 50 percent.
The Western Red Cedar we use is the ultimate green building material it is legally, responsibly and sustainably harvested in publicly managed forests. Less than 1% of standing timber is harvested each year. For each tree harvested, three are replanted to ensure are forests will exist in perpetuity. Western Red Cedar has the least impact on the environment throughout its life cycle. It requires significantly less energy to produce than man-made alternatives and is biodegradable. Again FSC certified.
The roofing material we use is firestone rubber EPDM. This is an inert material with limited environmental impact during manufacture and installation. Firestones manufacturing facilities have received ISO 14001 certification for their environmental management system.
The plinth system we use to support our structures uses 95% less concrete than a conventional concrete slab. This system is 100% recyclable.