How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home
19 Mar 2020 Custom Building
Knowing how to build an energy-efficient home will provide you with a clearer picture of some of the steps that your contractor will take while building your new home. At Alderidge Construction, they understand how beneficial building an energy-efficient home can be. That is why they offer a range of custom home building services for energy-efficient homes.
What Steps go into Building an Energy-Efficient Home?
Some of the steps that go into building an energy-efficient home include:
1. Ensuring the Building Envelope is Properly Sealed & Insulated
The most cost-effective measure that any custom home builder can take to improve energy efficiency is to ensure the building envelope is properly sealed to prevent cold air from leaking into the house and hot air from leaking out. Your contractor will choose an air-sealing approach based on your climate and budget. Once the house is airtight, your contractor will ensure that the building envelope is insulated to the highest standards by insulating the walls, ceiling, and floors.
2. Using Highly Insulated Doors & Windows
Prevent heat loss through doors and windows by selecting energy-efficient products that have extra insulation. These doors and windows will also be carefully located throughout the home to help optimize their size and orientation.
3. Utilizing Solar Tempering
Consider using natural sunlight to help heat spaces throughout your home. Solar tempering is designed to help you utilize the sun’s heat without the added cost needed to achieve the maximum level of solar heating.
4. Installing an Energy-Efficient Ventilation System
Installing an energy-efficient ventilation system can help expel stale air from the home, while also recovering its heat and returning the same heat to the home with fresh air. This type of ventilation system will not only create an energy-efficient space but also a healthier and more comfortable living environment.
5. Installing an Energy-Efficient HVAC System
Similar to installing an energy-efficient ventilation system, having an energy-efficient HVAC system can help lower costs and create a more comfortable space. Consider installing a mini-split heat pump, as this system is highly efficient and does not come with the high costs of a thermal heat pump.
6. Installing Energy-Efficient Lighting
Your contractor will work toward minimizing lighting use while still optimizing lighting for residents by selecting the right LED lights, locating lights strategically throughout the house, and using as much natural light as possible to reduce the home’s overall energy use.
If you would like to learn more about how to build an energy-efficient home, or if you are interested in their custom home building services, please contact Alderidge Construction at 1-844-RENO-453 or by booking a consultation on their website.