It's obvious that an energy efficient home will save you money on your utility bills. But the advantages continue, with better comfort, healthier indoor air, and overall superior durability. How do we make your home more comfortable and enjoyable to live in now, and for the future? A few simple, yet thoughtful installations can make all the difference in how your home treats you on a daily basis. Here are five ways we go a step further to build a better quality and more energy-efficient home.
- Integration. The whole process of building a high-performance starts with the idea that the home must be more than the sum of its parts. The heating system cannot function optimally if the home is not well insulated; the insulation cannot perform if the framing doesn’t allow for full insulation throughout the home; the framer can’t build an efficient envelope without high-quality plans and a thorough scope of work that explains how every facet of his (very large) job must be completed, etc. We cover the bases every step of the way.
- Blown cellulose insulation. This product is much denser than fiberglass batts, and fills cavities of different sizes and shapes much better. This greater density reduces drafts, cold spots and noise significantly.
- Direct-vented, sealed combustion furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces. These save energy and enhance comfort by using only outside air to burn (as opposed to conventional appliances that use air from inside the house for combustion), and by using a sealed path to direct exhaust out of the home (which means that outside air can’t back draft into the home when the appliances aren’t in use).
- High-efficiency furnaces with energy-saving ECM fan motors. Our furnaces are 96% efficient in terms of gas, which is excellent, but it’s easy to overlook the contribution of an efficient furnace fan to the overall performance of the home. Because our homes are very airtight and well insulated, the furnace works less as a heating appliance than it does as a ventilation appliance. The fan, which is used year-round as a component of our Air Cycler system, uses lees than half the energy of a typical furnace fan, and is a key component of our energy strategy.
- Advanced framing techniques, including panelized walls. It all starts with strategic framing, using materials to create a home that can be insulated to our exacting standards. Our wall panelization process allows us to build walls that are fully insulatable, and that do not add excess lumber in place of insulation.