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, we understand how beneficial building an energy-efficient home can be. That is why we 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. This is to prevent hot air from leaking out of the house and drawing cold air into the home in the winter months. In the summer months it works the opposite way, keeping cool air in and keeping hot air 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. Your contractor will work with you to design and orient your home correctly to achieve all the benefits from solar tempering.
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. Depending on your space requirements, 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 fixtures and bulbs, locating lights strategically throughout the house, and using as much natural light as possible, this will help 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 our custom home building services, please contact Alderidge Construction at 1-844-RENO-453 or by booking a consultation on our website.