Smart home advocates Mark and Helen McCall completed their fully-automated, self-build home that prioritises a low energy and low running cost ethos.
Working with 2020 Architects, the County Down property was designed to be south-facing in order to take advantage of solar gain in the main living areas, specifying six KEYLITE ROOF WINDOWS in ‘the barn’—an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area—and one in the first-floor landing.
Homeowner Mark said: “As a low-energy household, insulation and ventilation are two very important factors for us. 2020 Architects understood that we needed some high-performance roof windows that would complement the extra insulation, airtightness and other low-energy features we incorporated into the property.
“Being able to open up our roof windows to expel any excess heat has been fantastic, particularly during the summer. However, once the windows are closed, Keylite’s fully-integrated expanding thermal collar and triple glazing ensure that minimal heat can escape, which has made the windows perfectly compatible with the rest of the features in our home.
“Another one of Keylite’s big selling points was its electric roof windows. These usually come with a standard remote control set-up, but Keylite’s technical department went above and beyond. They spoke to our smart home suppliers, Epitome Living, and supplied additional pieces of hardware, which allowed us to integrate the windows and blinds into our own system.“