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The use of renewable technologies on commercial buildings is something which is at an early stage in Europe. This is due to regulations doing catch up and emissions regulations starting to arrive. In the UK from 2018, it will be unlawful to rent any property, domestic or commercial unless the meet an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) of E or higher.


Another reason for the lack of deployment historically on commercial buildings was that the main technologies like solar hot water & heat pumps need Government subsidies to make them financially viable. These technologies date from the 1800's and have outdated performance efficiencies.



Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any rule of thumb or good advice I should abide by in a new build ?
Yes, when you are building a low energy home, you should plan to lower the cost of your heating infrastructure and to simplify its design. A low energy home should be simple to operate, easy to maintain and designed in such a way that you do not buy yourself into an existing fuel source permanently. We discuss some of these points here. It's your money and your decision so we want you to understand why these decisions make sense.
I am being advised to design my home as an "island", what does that mean ?
Islanding your home means that you are insulating yourself from external influences as much as makes sense. This may be done because of cost rises potential or even supply risks. This is becoming very popular right now and it makes perfect sense. Just ask yourself, if any of your decisions will lock you into external elements. i.e. if the gas was suddenly turned off, will you have any heating or hot water ?. If the electricity was suddenly turned off, will you have any heating or hot water ?. Are you protected from outside impacts beyond your control. This is what is referred to as "islanding" your home. HONE makes a perfect island approach as you can interface any backup heat source with it at any stage and the majority of your energy is coming FREE from Daylight. In addition, the whole system can be run with a basic UPS b
What about Mechanical Heat Ventilation Recovery ?
This is a no brainer in our opinion. With an airtight low energy home, you will need a ventilation system or you will have mould and condensation in addition to potential health issues. If it is properly designed, this invisible system will also manage the space heating for you throughout the building. Don't cut corners on this step, it is key to a great design.
What about under floor heating, I am told this is the way to go ?
Under floor heating is a good idea in some countries and projects but may not suit yours. It is about 4 times more expensive to install than using radiators. Certain countries which have changeable weather should always be careful about under floor heating as it is a storage heater. The concrete slab wrapped around your under floor heating needs about 3-4 hours to warm up and the same to cool down. In places such as the UK and Ireland where you can experience 4 seasons before lunchtime, under floor could be an expensive mistake.

Imagine, it is raining heavily and you have your under floor heating running and then the sun comes out and starts shining in the windows of your nice new house, the temperature will climb rapidly and you won't be able to stop your heating system for 4 hours and all that energy will make your home very uncomfortable for several hours. By using radiators, you can turn your heat on instantly and turn it off instantly; thus using the correct amount of energy and keeping your home at the right temperature. This is worth considering especially if your building has lots of glazing.

Using radiators in a modern A3 or better means only a few slim radiators are needed, typically only 6 in a 2,000 sq ft home and not under any window so your walls are clear. The design considerations have all changed.

Can installers do my total plumbing job on my new build ?
Yes, and this is the most cost effective way of implementing HONE in a new build.
  •   Photonomi Global Group,
          Level 33,
          25 Canada Square,
          Canary Wharf,
         United Kingdom,
         E14 5LQ.
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HONE is a ground breaking molecular heat engine Technology using advanced Nanotechnology to capture Daylight instead of Sunlight as a valuable heat source. This energy can be used for FREE Heating, Cooling & Electricity Production.

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