It is important that your energy costs remain low, now and in the future as unit costs continue to rise. So building sustainably is a wise move. How do you do that? ABC is ahead of the competition in building low-energy houseboats, so we can guarantee that an ABC houseboat comes with the best insulation - we realise the highest R-values, not just for a window frame or outer wall but throughout the construction (from hull to roof).
ABC builds your houseboat with sophisticated connections between materials, producing your houseboat/floating home to an airtightness standard that compares well with the Passive House standard. Our floating homes have been tested by an expert audit company several times. Smoke tests, blower-door tests and infrared photographs demonstrate the building quality of a structure. The data shows that our floating homes are highly sustainable. Which translates to lower energy bills for you.
Energy Label A rating
All ABC houseboats are built so that they get the Dutch Energy Label A rating. ABC works with the best materials for a sustainable result, with maximum home comfort and reduced energy consumption for immediate advantages.
The R-value represents the insulation value. The higher the R-value, the better a structure's thermal resistance and the better the insulation. The R-value specified by ABC is based on the overall construction, including the reduction of timber in the facade. When you see an R-value, you should always ask whether it represents the entire construction or just part of it, for instance just the insulating materials. So get the right information. R-values are described in the Dutch building decrees.
20 to 50% saving thanks to a thick coat
It starts with the standard extra-thick insulation of your home's outer 'coat' (R-value of the roof is 3.5 to 5.5 and of the facade walls 3.9 to 4.5). Less energy is required to heat or cool the houseboat. You will save at least 20 to 50% on your energy bill compared to the old houseboat.
ABC also relies on ultimate fissure sealing combined with excellent ventilation, making sure that the houseboat barely loses any heat. As a result, very little energy is required to heat the houseboat in winter. Intermediate floors, which are made from steel-reinforced concrete, have low-energy, low-temperature floor heating. A very comfortable feeling. Naturally we also use HR++ glass by default. And if you want even more, e.g. triple glazing, you only have to let us know!
Solar boilers, heat pumps, solar panels and more
Extra energy-saving and heat-generating measures can also be implemented. Examples are solar boilers, air heat pumps, solar panels, photovoltaic cells and infrared heating.
For safety's sake: water detection system
The water detection system is a standard element in the houseboat. It ensures that water is detected at the lowest point (the pump well) in the event of a leaking washing machine or an overflowing sink, for instance. The main water tap is closed automatically in such cases. In addition, an alert can be sent to a mobile telephone.
Testing and implementation
On behalf of local councils and project developers, we perform heat loss computations and infrared thermography tests on our floating homes on a regular basis. All the experience we acquire is reinvested in new houseboats. We also have excellent experiences with the passive building system.
ABC has a certificate for working with FSC-certified wood. Such certification contributes to a better environment. The international, independent FSC certificate guarantees that raw materials for wood and paper products are sourced in sustainably managed forests, taking account of the people whose livelihoods depend on the forest. See www.fsc.nl.