It depends on design and complexity of works but assembling on site an average 3 bed house takes usually 2 days. All finishing works including roofing, electrics, plumbing, joinery, fitting kitchen and bathrooms with final painting take approx. 6-10 weeks.
Yes, you can use windows same way as in any other building however passive houses are equipped with a MVHR system which provides constant fresh air, so it is not necessary to open the windows for ventilation purpose.
Not necessarily – it depends on construction type. EcoComfort has a range of passive houses available for the price of traditional brick and block builds. Although passive houses are equipped with systems which are rarely used in ordinary homes and cost of those is reflected in final price.
All houses we offer are manufactured off site – prefabricated in the factory premises with millimetre precision. We use traditional yet advanced timber frame or cross laminated solid timber (CLT) systems.
Prefabricated houses, also known as “kit houses” are being manufactured in a factory under controlled conditions where timber and insulation is not exposed to rain or moisture before being locked in weatherproof capsule, all windows and doors are fitted and sealed prior to delivery on site. This process provides unrivalled accuracy, prevents timber and insulation soaking moisture and is the quickest technology to build a house on site, usually within 1-3 days.
We use only timber from sustainable and correctly managed forests (CE marked) and it’s enough to say that our timber members provide at least 50% more strength than commonly used C16 38mm x 140mm which easily meets all building requirements. In most cases our timber frame is over engineered but we believe it’s a right thing - to build a house for life not just to meet building regs.
According to BREEM suggested life span for any new homes should be 60 years – it’s then classified as permanent build. EcoComfort homes technology comes from Scandinavia, Austria and Germany where very often timber frame houses are 100 years and some of them even more than 300 years old. Our timber frame houses are classified as permanent builds but unlike other manufacturers we provide 30 years structural warranty on all our houses and we estimate lifespan as +100 years.
Generally, the building industry estimates that timber frame houses are approx 50% more energy efficient than traditionally brick builds. EcoComfort homes provide exceptional value in efficiency reducing heating cost to absolute minimum, even x10 better than new builds.
Yes, EcoComfort can build almost any house. We offer pre-designed homes however most services are designated to self builders looking for custom builds. We can work with your architect or you can deal with our “on board” architect to accomplish the best result.
According to regulations all new builds must be checked by independent structural engineers. Their report confirm that structure meets all requirements – these are same for brick and timber frame houses. Did you know that only inner leaf of brick build, ie light blocks are creating the structure and taking all loads when the outer brick is classified only as cladding? EcoComfort homes are much stronger than requirements and capable of taking loads x3 heavier than some bricked builds.
Timber frame houses meet all fire resistance and soundproof requirements set under current building regulation. Insurance providers or lenders do not differ between timber frame and masonry builds. EcoComfort homes due to much thicker insulation provide up to x2 better soundproof than any other masonry or timber frame house.