Would you like to maintain a pleasant temperature in your home all year round? Minimize noise from neighbors or a busy road? Save on energy, sleep better and reduce stress levels or allergies?

All these factors are linked to how your home functions and the way you live in it.

A comfortable building is not only about decoration or furnishings, or about the way the kitchen and bathroom have been designed.

The structure of your home is also an essential factor. All those components that you do not always see can have a real impact on your day-to-day life: temperature, natural lighting, noise (or its absence), air quality and even humidity levels.

Controlling all these factors is the secret to a home that is pleasant to live in. The advantages are tangible: less stress, improved sleep, and higher energy levels.

FEEL 

REDUCE ENERGY BILLS AND ENSURE A PLEASANT TEMPERATURE ALL YEAR ROUND

  • Insulate, insulate, insulate
  • Install thermally efficient glazing
  • Get rid of themal bridges.  These are small gaps in walls and windowframes where cold can enter
  • Consider heated floors, to avoid cold feet and provide uniform warmth throughout the room

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SEE

INTRODUCE AS MUCH NATURAL LIGHT AS POSSIBLE

  • In a new build home, always consider the orientation of the building and size of the windows. Use our Gass Compass to help choose
  • When changing your windows, look for high light transmittance glazing
  • Use plain, bright surfaces to improve daylight distribution throughout the space
  • Pay attention to the placement of furniture to avoid blocking precious daylight

HEAR

IMPROVE THE ACOUSTICS

  • Check your partition walls contain layers of sound dampening materials (such as plasterboard and insulation, with an interlayer of acoustic glue)
  • Opt for sound-insulating, thermally efficient  windows
  • Insulating your walls and ceilings helps to reduce noise
  • If budget allows, consider installing external wall insulation or rendered finishes designed to reduce noise coming from outside

BREATHE

IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY

  • Install adequate exhaust systems for used air.  Allow fresh air into the building through mechanical or natural ventilation (use heat recovery systems where possible)
  • Install products that trap pollutants and purify the air
  • Look for anti-mold building products in bathrooms and other moist areas
  • Avoid bringing pollutants home – check the label of household cleaning products and new furniture or carpets

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