One of the best parts of building a new house is having a say in the details so your home is personalized to your wants and needs.
When deciding what features to include in your new home, it’s good idea to keep energy efficiency at the top of your mind. Building an energy efficient home is good for the environment and can save you money in the long run.
If you want to build a new house, we encourage you to consider these five features.
WELL INSULATED WALLS
While you’re considering which systems will be installed in your new house, it’s also important to think about the materials used in the construction of your walls. Properly insulating the walls during the construction process can help boost your home’s overall efficiency.
When you design your home with us, we design our wall system with 2 air pockets to minimize heat conduction, we integrate reflective barriers to prevent radiant heat migration, and we seal the exterior against air and moisture infiltration to prevent unnecessary energy consumption.
LOW-EMISSIVITY INSULATED WINDOWS
When it comes to windows, low-emissivity insulated windows are superior to traditional windows.
To make sure you have a weatherproof seal, proper caulking and weatherstripping materials are essential to accompany the installation of efficient new windows. You’ll also want to inspect and maintain these materials over time to prevent outdoor air from finding its way into your home.
Another area that affects a home’s energy efficiency is the roof. Consider a steel roof with a “cool color” paint system. Cool roofs are covered in reflective coatings, meaning they reflect the sun’s rays and absorb less heat than a traditional roof. As a result, the temperature in your new house will remain cooler and you’ll save money on energy bills. This type of roof will not only add value to your home, but will remain durable and attractive for decades.
ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEMS
If you want to build an energy-efficient homes, design your home to use materials that reduce the energy load. Efficient use of materials and a solid structure can reduce energy consumption.
You can also make your home more energy efficient by installing energy-efficient lighting and appliances throughout your home and creating healthy lifestyle habits like turning off lights, computers, and appliances when they aren’t in use.
Installing solar panels on your property is another great way to work toward being energy independent. Solar panels create renewable energy and are a great way to lower your energy bills. At New Energy Homes, we use and recommend thin film solar panels that come with a 25-year warranty.
The amount of energy your home will use depends on the size of your family, type of home, climate, location, and appliances and materials used. With each property we build, our goal is to eliminate at least half of your energy costs. This percentage can be increased by installing solar film, making it a worthwhile addition in your journey to a greener home.
READY TO GET STARTED?
At New Energy Homes, we believe high-performance homes are the future of new builds. We provide sustainable, attractive, and affordable residential and commercial building solutions. The homes and properties we design are sustainable and require minimal maintenance. Our process combines innovative engineering with the careful selection of exterior building materials.
We have been building properties that incorporate energy conservation principles for over 55 years and we’d love to put our knowledge and experience to work for you. All of our custom designs are built with energy efficiency in mind. Contact us or call 574-773-3144 to get started.