The prototype Eco-House in St Albans is a revolutionary and ground breaking pilot experiment into energy efficient living, using sustainable materials, renewable technologies and energy efficient systems. The brainchild of St Albans City and District Council, the Eco-House is based on a traditional four bedroomed detached council home and main contractors, Borras Construction Ltd worked closely with the council to ensure optimum product and system specification. This includes exterior composite doors from VEKA fabricator, Ashford Commercial.
The doors feature a Langham design on the front and Cromer at the back and were specified for their fitness for purpose under the stringently eco-friendly design brief. “Effectively, these composite doors are manufactured with 80% recycled materials, and offer nine times the heat retention of timber,” explains Mick Neale of Ashford Commercial. “This contributes significantly towards reducing fuel bills which is a key feature of the Eco-House. Additionally, the doors are extremely low maintenance – they require no painting or staining or adjustment once fitted, and with basic service maintenance, they offer a service life in excess of 30 years.”
With over 20 years experience in the manufacture of PVCu and composite doors, Ashford Commercial specializes in the social housing sector and uses only the premium products in the fabrication process to ensure that their products meet the highest construction requirements. This includes the use of VEKA profiles, which are recognized globally as robust, durable and long lasting and to which the laminate skins of the composite doors are fitted. “We are delighted but not surprised that our doors were chosen for this pilot scheme,” continues Mr Neale. “We share the vision of our housing provider clients to meet the targets of the Decent Homes Standard and to provide quality housing for the future throughout the UK.”
The Eco-House uses renewable energy, recycled water, and sustainable materials to reduce the environmental impact and long term running costs of a typical home. The construction process is also as eco-friendly as possible, working to the standards of the Considerate Contractor Scheme. The aim to reduce as much wastage as possible led to the specification of recycled windows and Ashford’s recycled front doors, with all remaining waste from the rest of the construction process segregated and sorted to further reduce the landfill pressure.