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Posted: 1 Sep

How to Build an Energy-efficient Home

How to Build an Energy-efficient Home

Energy-efficiency is a common concern these days as people seek to reduce their energy costs while also doing their part to conserve our environment. The home is one of the areas where you can make the most significant difference. When building a house, you'll be able to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible from the moment you move in. Here are some things to consider when making plans for building a house. Call us today for a free estimate. 

Alignment of the House

Before you start building, it pays to consider the orientation of the house itself. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, homes get the most sun from the south. During the warmest part of the afternoon, you'll also be getting plenty of sunlight from the west. As the sun shines through your windows, it can warm the inside of your home considerably. You'll want to take this into account in when you’re building a house, and planning for heating and cooling your home.  

Adding some trees to cast shade on your windows in the summer can help to regulate the temperature and keep your energy needs down. Look for deciduous trees that will lose their leaves in the winter. This way, you'll be able to take advantage of the sun to warm your house a bit, reducing your reliance on your heating system.  

Insulation  

To help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home and minimize the need to run your heater or air conditioner frequently, you'll need to install insulation in the walls and roof of your home. This will help to keep cool air inside in the summer and prevent heat from escaping in the winter. Modern insulation materials are much more effective than those of the past, so your custom home will have an advantage over older properties.  

In addition to the insulation, you'll also want to ensure all windows, doors and joints are tightly sealed. Even small air leaks can make your home less insulated, so make sure your contractors take care to ensure airtightness when building a house. 

Heating and Cooling

For maximum comfort, you'll need heating and cooling systems in your new home. The size and layout of your house will dictate which equipment will be the most beneficial for you. For example, you may require multiple units to accommodate a large home. A unit that is too small will have a harder time regulating your home's temperature, resulting in increased energy usage.  

When building a house, you'll also have the opportunity to create multiple zones for heating and cooling. Modern thermostats and smart home features make it easy to adjust the temperatures in the areas you use most while minimizing heating and cooling in unused areas. Targeting your usage can drastically reduce your energy needs.  

Build Your Energy-Efficient Home 

Of course, these are just a few ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. To learn more about other possibilities, like lighting design, solar power and more, contact us today. When it comes to building a house, we will help you to maximize energy efficiency and lower your energy costs. Contact us to get started! 

 



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About the Author: Elio Gabucci

Elio has been living and working in the Edmonton area since 1958. In 2000, he decided to leverage his background in construction and project management to start Meridian Master Builders and share his passion for home building with Edmonton and area residents.