Eco Homes

Reduce energy use and emissions from buildings through environmental control of building services

To reduce emissions, Atamate controls buildings using occupancy and zonal control, prioritising any available renewable technologies.

Improvements in building fabric and regulations covering airtightness have meant that space heating requirements for new build homes are minimal. In low energy buildings, provision of hot water typically uses more energy than heating. This airtight construction - which greatly reduces heat losses through building fabric - then leads to issues with indoor air quality (IAQ). Adequate background ventilation is required to ensure the occupant’s comfort.

With better build quality comes an increased risk of overheating. Regulations to reduce this increasing problem are likely to be included in UK building regulations in the near future as TM59 standards become statutory.

Benefits of Atamate technology in eco homes and self builds

Reduce energy use

Atamate’s environmental controls and building automation services reduce energy requirements by 70%.

Reduce capital cost

Smaller and more simple mechanical systems can be used to reduce capital expenditure by 30%.

Improve comfort

Automation makes the building more comfortable, efficient and safer for residents.

Holistic control

Atamate controls all building services, from ventilation and lighting, heating and cooling, all the way to entertainment and pools.

Key Atamate controls for eco homes and self builds

Reduce energy use

Atamate’s environmental controls and building automation services reduce energy requirements by 70%, contributing to lower energy bills for owners. With Atamate control, fabric does not have to be passive standard to achieve passive standard performance automation, contributing further to reduced build costs and energy use.

Reduce capital cost

The benefits of Atamate Eco Controls are not only environmental; smaller and more simple mechanical systems can be specified reducing capital expenditure by 30%. Build costs are further reduced as Atamate is very simple to install, reducing site time for electricians. The amount of energy required to heat low energy buildings is low, consequently, small sources of energy (such as the winter sun coming in through a window or several people entering a room). Therefore responsiveness is as important than heat output.

Improve comfort

Atamate’s control over mechanical and electrical services makes the building more comfortable, efficient and safer for residents. Comfort levels can be enhanced even more with additional lighting scenes, audio and other systems as you require.

Holistic control

Atamate controls all building services from ventilation, lighting, heating and cooling, to entertainment and pools. The Atamate system not only automates the control of all the mechanical and electrical systems in a building but has the ability to collect and share data throughout. With this holistic/integrated structure it is easy to share information between systems normally unconnected.

Reduce overheating & provide hot water on demand

Overheating in eco homes can be a challenge as improved fabric means that there is only a small amount of heat is required to heat/overheat rooms. Atamate controls low thermal mass heaters that heat up and cool down fast to reduce overheating risk and also control shading to reduce the amount of heat energy coming into rooms in the first place.

Manage and control complex ventilation systems

With the upgrade building fabric, there is very little air movement through the building. Consequently, a ventilation system is needed to ensure good indoor air quality (IAQ). The challenge for all ventilation systems is maintaining a good IAQ while minimising the heat losses from excessive ventilation. Atamate only ventilates the room when the IAQ is poor using a demand control ventilation (DCV) system. Humidity, temperature and CO2 levels are monitored in each room of the house. When the air quality is good there will be no need to ventilate the room, saving energy and money.

Hybrid control

Atamate uses a hybrid heating and cooling strategy. This is where natural or background heating or cooling is used where available and mechanical systems are used as a last resort. This means significantly less energy is needed to maintain a comfy building which in turn reduces the mechanical plant required and energy consumed.

How monitoring and data is used in eco homes and self builds


Atamate makes monitoring of your building simple and easy. Notifications are sent to you about any maintenance issues that come up ensuring that the fabric of the building is kept protected. Simple fixes early on can save further damage and expensive repairs if identified promptly. 

As data is shared across all Atamate devices and connected systems, this can be used to provide helpful reports and charts that can be used to track energy usage and simplify maintenance.

Receive a notification if the humidity under the bath or shower tray rises above a set level. Then all that needs to be done is to reseal the tray and there will be no damage to ceilings and building fabric. Manage energy being used throughout your building and how much come from renewable sources.


How smart technology is used in eco homes and self builds

Atamate sensor units are installed in each room and these provide all the data needed to control the internal environment and give information for the control of other devices. Each unit contains sensors to measure: temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, ambient light and pressure. It also contains a sounder which are small and inconspicuous and can be flush mounted so the PIR sensor is only visible on the ceiling.

Light switches are inputs to the Atamate system, and can be either energy harvesting, wireless switches or traditional rocker switches. Using traditional switches reduces retrofit costs, and wireless switches can be repositioned easily to improve usability. 

Relays are used to control devices such as window motors, door open switches or heating valves. These are also Bluetooth devices that are installed in ceiling voids or behind back boxes so can be retrofitted with ease.

Talk to one of our experts to see how Atamate works in your eco home