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Bringing The Benefits of Outdoors Indoors

We aim to enhance the quality of life for clients by prioritising healthy living conditions in our eco chalets

Healthy Living

Imagine a home that not only looks good but does good for you and the planet.

A SIP structure creates a completely airtight shell with much more effective insulation properties (indicated by the higher R-value/lower U-value) than traditional timber frame. This allows us to control indoor air quality, using mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems, and engineer a building that’s healthier to live in.

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Show interior of Chalet Rayon Neige, with a stylish and modern living room with vaulted ceiling creating large open plan living space

HEALTHY STRUCTURES

How do we create homes that support your healthy alpine lifestyle?

In our eco homes, a SIP structure creates a completely airtight shell with much more effective insulation properties (indicated by the higher R-value/lower U-value) than traditional timber frame. This allows us to control indoor air quality, using mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems, and engineer a building that’s healthier to live in. 

Contaminants, toxins and allergens are filtered out of the incoming air, leaving good quality fresh air circulating. Rather than relying on air flowing through cracks or holes in a building’s walls, roof or windows, mechanical ventilation in a SIP building circulates fresh air consistently using ducts and fans. The expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation and oriented strand board (OSB) used in the manufacture of SIPs meet the highest standards for indoor air quality.

interior shot of bedroom in bespoke eco chalet

Air in a home relying on ‘natural ventilation’ can be very humid in winter when windows are closed and we spend more time indoors. This humidity results from showering and cooking but also just moving around and breathing, and if not properly expelled it can result in high levels of condensation and mould. The SIP panel building system itself reduces the risk of mould, which can form due to condensation inside cavities and cold bridges in traditional timber frame constructions, and lamination of the EPS insulation discourages bacteria growth.

chalet jonquille interior shot of kitchen, with view of mountains

We are better able to maintain a consistent temperature in our eco homes due to the high thermal resistance and minimal air leakages of the SIP structure and this both increases comfort and decreases energy usage and household bills. SIP structures also perform well in blocking and absorbing sound, including high frequency noises that can impact quality of life. 

bespoke eco chalet, showing interior of triple height living room with large windows maximising mountain views.

SIPs do not contain gas or any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – chemicals that can adversely affect health inside the home. The EPS used in fact eliminates HCFCs and HFCs, which are ozone depleting VOCs released into the air by some other types of insulation. The expanded EPS core of the panel is also flame-retardant, adding to your peace of mind in the event of fire.

HEALTHY INTERIORS

It’s not only the structure of your home that can support a much healthier quality of life – everything we use to furnish and fit out your home is thought through with your lifestyle and the environment in mind

Sunlight is essential for optimising mood, giving us energy, motivation and contentment. We can maximise the light in a room using venetian blinds or solar glass so that we can keep windows unobstructed as much as possible. Natural light promotes the body’s wake and sleep cycles.

Triple height living room with large windows maximising mountain views.

It’s important to link the light in your home to the body’s circadian rhythm and limit the amount of blue light emitted especially in the early morning and evenings. Using dim-to-warm LED technology and dynamic white light fixtures we can better mimic the variation in natural light.

Snowy eco chalet, exterior shot of chalet riviere

This is the concept of bringing the outdoors indoors at design stage, connecting the house to the natural environment. Plants are natural air filters, reducing allergens, and increasing air quality and oxygen levels. They stabilise humidity and look great, leaving inhabitants feeling more relaxed and peaceful.

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The layout and flow of your interior can have a significant impact on mood with open plan, spacious areas increasing energy levels and cosier areas designed to retreat to for relaxation. A well designed layout where you can easily access priority items or areas encourages a feeling of contentment and eases frustration.

Stunning boutique hotel with swimming pool and views of Mont Blanc. All 3 storeys constructed using SIP panels with larch structural timbers, baked larch cladding, false posts and beams and insulated render to the ground floor. Cathedral ceiling over central staircase gives the wow factor.

Wall colours and art work are chosen according to how the space will be used, for example light colours create a feeling of relaxation, and deep, saturated colours give an indulgent, luxurious feel. We can source non-toxic, zero VOC paint or paint made from 100% organic material.

We design and source functional storage systems that encourage organisation and tidy living for relaxation and decluttering which have significant mental health benefits. We source brands that manufacture in an ecological, sustainable way. We can also optimise health by choosing mite free coatings and allergy-free materials.

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OUR PHILOSOPHY

We create homes that work for you as well as the planet

French environmental regulations RE2020 are gradually coming into force, requiring carbon impact assessment and life cycle analysis of new builds. Our properties already surpass government standards and achieve AA ratings for energy and emissions, resulting in significant savings on future household heating bills, resulting in significant savings on future household heating bills.

Healthy Environment

Our SIP eco homes work in equilibrium with their surroundings

Using thermal engineering we create a detailed plan to ensure the building is as low impact as possible, achieves an AA energy rating and conforms with French environmental regulations RE2020. By harnessing the natural heat energy from the ground and the air, we can cool the building in summer and heat it in winter using minimal electricity.

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Exterior shot of traditional chalet designed to match neighbouring farm house roof. Double height open plan modern interior. Baked larch cladding with stone-clad half-height walls.

Join us on our mission to create high quality, low environmental impact homes in the beautiful surroundings of the Haute Savoie. Together we can make your eco ski chalet dream come to life.