Here at OCS we offer a wide range of applications and formats that suit every client’s individual needs. We not only create forever homes; we also cater to commercial builds.
At OCS we are not just a typical building company. We care about every individual client and our mission is that every client’s needs are not only met, but exceeded.
Below are some of the more efficient applications we can install in your property.
Solar Panels come in 2 forms;
- Solar PV which harness’s the sun’s rays and converts them into electricity.
- Solar Heating Panels which heat the water as it runs through the pipes in the Solar Panels.
Solar Panels encompass many benefits for you and the environment;
- Utilises renewable energy.
- Lower energy bills.
- Flexible application; can create electricity or heat.
Insulating is one of the most effective way of reducing energy bills in any property. Insulation simply keeps your property warm and quiet.
Insulation comes in many forms from fibrous wool rolls, space age micro thin rolls or solid sheets.
There are three main ways to insulate a property;
- Timber frames, that will be filled with insulation.
- SIP panels, which are pre-insulated.
- Cavity insulation, which is usually used on more traditional construction methods.
Under Floor Heating (UFH)
UFH is pretty self-explanatory, the heat for your house is under your floors.
UFH has many benefits over a traditional radiator system. Primarily, there is no wasted wall space as all of the pipes are hidden in the floor.
An additional benefit is the efficiency. UFH operates at quite low temperatures. They work at half the usual temperature of a standard radiator, which means your boiler/heater source does not need to work as hard to heat your home. Consequently, lower your energy bills.
UFH systems can be fitted in any new build and can also be retrofitted to any existing house.
Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)
If you have a large garden space outside, you could consider using a GSHP. Despite the greater upfront cost of installing a GSHP, this type of pump is more efficient when it comes to heating your home. Subsequently, resulting in higher fuel savings and lower energy bills.
How do GSHP’s work?
GSHP’s extracts the energy underground. The ground at 1.5m below surface stays at a constant 8-12 ‘C all year round. This means there is a continuous source of energy all around your property that can be harnessed.
There are various ways of converting this energy into heat for your property;
- Installing a pipe at 1.5-2m underground, means that when the water passes through, it warms up and enters your heating system at a higher temperature than normal, requiring less energy than your boiler.
- Using a ground to air heat exchange, uses the same principle, but with air in the pipe instead of water and exchanges the air inside your property for the air outside as well as heat from the ground.
- We can also install a bore hole and rod to collect heat from 1.5-2m+ below the surface.
Mechanical Ventilated Heat Recovery (MVHR)
As we heat our properties, we want this heat to be spread evenly and not be wasted. We produce a lot of heat, particularly when we cook and wash, which more often than not gets wasted.
The MVHR unit draws the heated air from kitchens and bathrooms and takes it through a unit which cleans and exchanges the heat to be delivered into a property.
MVHR system does not only just efficiently heat your property but also cleans the air, which improves air quality.
Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP’s)
ASHP’s absorb heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water. I know what you’re thinking, “How does this system work in winter?”. ASHP’s can extract heat when air temperatures are as low as -15’C. Thus, keeping you nice and toasty in the winter months.
ASHP’s are an energy efficient method of heating your home. ASHP’s whilst do utilise electricity to run, they are using a lot less electricity in comparison to a standard boiler. This is because ASHP’s extract renewable heat from the environment (air), which creates a greater heat output to electricity input.
How do ASHP’s work?
Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperatures into a fluid. This fluid passes through a compressor, which increases the temperature to then transfer this higher temperature heat to your heating and hot water circuits.
There are two main types of ASHP’s; air-to-water and air-to-air. Choosing an air-to-water or an air-to-air system will determine the type of heat distribution system you will need.
Air tightness is a vital component to create an energy-efficient design strategy. Quite like Insulation, Air tightness is another main contributor to reducing your energy bills and keeping your home heated. In simple terms, air tightness means reducing unnecessary heat loss.
Air tightness is the control of air leakage, i.e. the elimination of unwanted draughts through the external fabric of building envelopes. This is achieved by the installation of a vapour check or vapour barrier.
Air tightness strategies encompass many benefits for a property;
- Reduces condensation.
- Reduces mould, damp and rot.
- Reduces structural damage.
- Cleaner internal air.
- Lower energy bills.