It’s no secret that building codes across the United States and beyond are becoming more stringent when it comes to the energy efficiency of the structure. While existing homes can be retrofitted to an extent, new home builders have the distinct advantage of being able to plan and prepare for higher efficiency and the savings that come along with it. Here are a few tips we’ve learned in our business that are inspired by Timber Home Living’s recent article, 15 Tips to Plan Your Energy Efficient Home. These tips can act as a great starting point for a more efficient design and build process.
1. Proper Insulation
While having energy star appliances and fluorescent lights are good tools for energy efficiency, nothing is more important than having a well-insulated envelope for the home. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) work great with timber framing and help to provide that seamless shell.
2. Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
In our experience building traditional timber homes, the combination of timber framing and SIPs with ICFs has proven to create extremely tight envelopes that are well insulated from the ground up, literally.
3. Quality Windows and Doors
Being a part of your home’s shell, windows and doors have to be able to integrate well into the wall systems and have Low-E capabilities. If a window is poorly installed or is of lower quality with little to no tinting, it can comprise the efficiency of the entire envelope.
4. Large Overhangs
Eaves and overhangs help protect your windows and interior spaces from sun exposure. Having eaves with an appropriate depth for your area and climate can also help to protect the home from the area’s weather systems year-round.
Ventilation in a home is important, not only for efficiency, but also for your health. Make sure to keep your spaces with heavy sun exposure well ventilated to prevent overheating and to maintain even temperatures.
For Timber Home Living’s complete list of energy efficient tips for the home, read the entire article here.
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