A sustainable approach to rural living: Cubis Bruton

February 11, 2020

Cubis Bruton is a highly-contemporary collection of new homes located in the artisan Somerset town of Bruton. Led by local sculptor and artist Mark Merer, the homes have been designed with bold originality and sustainability in mind.

In this latest blog, we take a closer look at some of the green features employed at Cubis Bruton and the environment in which surrounds these unique homes.

Sedum roofs
Arguably one of the most striking features of some of the homes at Cubis Bruton are their unique roofs. Boasting an angular design, sedum roofs offer a sustainable environment for insects, birds and other species. Visually recognisable with a green layer of vegetation, sedum roofs help the houses blend into their natural surroundings while improving air quality through the plants natural filtering mechanism.

Triple glazed windows
To allow maximum energy efficiency, triple glazed windows have been incorporated into the design at Cubis Bruton. Thicker than double glazing, triple glazed windows help reduce heat loss resulting in lower heating bills. In addition to their contemporary style, the generously sized windows at Cubis Bruton help draw an abundance of natural light into the property, giving each home a light and airy feel.

Resilient and sustainable materials
Acorn has adopted a fabric-first approach at Cubis Bruton by investing in enhanced insulation and energy-efficient products, the development is projected to substantially outperform Building Regulation requirements. For example, aluminum composite front doors and windows are great energy-efficient alternatives to normal UPVC (Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride). Made from stronger material, aluminum composite is proven to offer high-quality thermal comfort and can result in lower gas and energy bills.

Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR)
MVHR is a simple technology with a multitude of benefits. Promoting a healthier indoor environment, MVHR provides a constant supply of fresh filtered air into the home while retaining energy that has already been used in heating the building. It works by extracting stale air from sources around the home e.g. kitchen, bathroom, toilets, and supplying fresh air to the ‘living’ rooms e.g. bedrooms, living areas, studies, etc. The system works to allow cooling in the summer months and heating in the winter so you can enjoy that perfect temperature all year round.

Underfloor heating
More energy efficient than traditional radiators, the homes at Cubis Bruton enjoy underfloor heating throughout. Distributing heat more evenly than conventional systems, underfloor heating uses less water and at a lower heat, meaning you can save on your energy bills. From an aesthetic point of view, the system allows more wall space for furniture and decoration – making your house feel more like a home.

If you would like to find out more about the homes at Cubis Bruton, why not call the team on 01749 598 088 or visit our Show Home open daily from 10am-5pm.

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