The Emergence of Energy Efficient Homes
Energy efficiency isn’t just a buzzword. Energy efficient homes are important to homeowners of all different ages. For them, it’s a way of life, and that includes the design and construction of their homes. Besides numerous environmental benefits, Low-E (low emissivity) homes also deliver big savings.
With an emphasis being placed on the need for greener building practices, there are now multiple options to choose from when it comes to building energy efficient homes.
From the ground up
To accommodate families looking to build a sustainable forever home, designers are putting energy efficiency at the centre of their plans. From minimizing waste and materials to making the most of the sun’s energy, designers are embrasing the energy efficiecy movement as well.
While the home is being constructed, thermal mass materials can be used in walls and foundations. These materials include water, concrete, stone and brick, which will slow the rate of heat transfer.
Another building material that maximizes energy efficiency is continuous insulation. Continuous isolation, often appearing in the form of spray foam instead of insulation batting, prevents air leakage and reduces the cost of heating and cooing the home.
Windows for every season
Windows are notorious for heat loss. As much as 90 percent of window heat loss is through the glass itself. To combat this issue, builders are opting for windows with a Low-E (low-emissivity) window coating.
The coating is a transparent and unnoticeable metallic layer that is applied to the raw glass of the window. It’s used to bounce warm and cool air back into the home instead of allowing it to leak outside. This can drastically reduce the amount of money a homeowner spends heating and cooling the home.
The tech of it all
User-friendly energy consumption tools can drastically lower your home’s carbon footprint. Today’s energy efficient home is enhanced with the implementation of technology and smart home devices, such as wireless energy monitors, programmable thermostats, sprinkler systems, and dimmable LED lights. Pair these devices with energy efficient appliances, and you’ll be one step closer to a greener lifestyle.