High-performance homes are designed to be more energy efficient and sustainable than standard homes while still being able to meet personal style preferences.
The features of high-performance homes are what home buyers are looking for. A study from the National Association of Realtors found that more than half of potential home buyers are interested in sustainability, and around two-thirds of realtors say the promotion of energy efficiency in home listings could help attract buyers.
At New Energy Homes, all of our homes are high performance. Here are the features of our high-performance homes that are making them stand out compared to standard homes.
The energy-efficient features of high-performance homes make them better for the environment than typical homes while also being better for your wallet.
Heating and cooling typically account for more than half of a home’s energy usage. As energy bills are increasing, our goal is to cut your energy costs in half through the building materials we use and through our structural designs.
We build on insulated concrete slabs for heat retention and utilize larger wall cavities, use hybrid insulation packages, and we control all three forms of heat transfer.
Our designs also feature energy efficient appliances and light fixtures. We design our homes to have low-emissivity insulated windows. This reduces energy costs by keeping heat in during cold months and letting heat bounce off the windows during warm weather.
Our homes can also come with dependable, grid-tied solar systems. The solar systems we implement are thin-film panels formed in a grid, which are laminated to the roof. Our solar systems include a grid tied smart inverter, which means you don’t need an expensive backup battery system.
High-performance homes are long lasting. The durability of a home has a lot to do with the way it’s framed. Post frame homes, like those designed by New Energy Homes, have load-bearing posts installed directly into the ground, so only a minimal foundation is needed. The large posts carry the load of the home, making them sturdy and weather resistant.
Post frame homes also have more space between posts than traditional stick frame homes. This leaves room for solid walls of insulation to help keep your home energy efficient.
IMPROVED INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Our high-performance homes have geothermal heating and cooling. This system doesn’t bring any air from the outside in, which means there are fewer chances for contaminants from the outside air to get into your home.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems also make homes comfortable year-round since they’re consistent in heating homes during cold weather and cooling homes during hot weather.
Like other parts of high-performance homes, geothermal heating and cooling use little electricity. These systems also use no fossil fuels and emit no greenhouse gasses.
CONSIDERING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME?
Our designs focus on being affordable, sustainable, and renewable. If you’re ready to build a home and want to maximize the performance of your home for decades into the future, contact us today to talk to one of our knowledgeable team members about how to get started.