When it comes to building a custom home, there’s a near endless list of things you need to take into consideration: size, budget, interior design, location, and much more. However, one thing that many soon-to-be home builders often forget about is the energy efficiency of their new home. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few energy efficiency tips to get you started.
Think Of The Home As A Whole
If you truly want to make your custom home as energy efficient as possible, you need to think of your home as a whole. If you think about it, nearly every aspect of your home affects its energy efficiency in one way or another. The layout of the home, the materials used, where it’s located, and the way air circulates throughout the home should all be considered. Everything needs to be airtight and insulated properly in order to save you money on your energy bills.
Passive Solar Design
Passive solar design means using the sun’s natural energy in order to heat your home. There are five aspects of passive solar design:
Aperture: Bringing sunlight into the home. Usually with large windows or sliding glass doors.
Absorber: The surface that collects or absorbs solar energy.
Thermal mass: The material that stores the heat collected by the absorber.
Control: An element used to control the amount of solar energy coming through the aperture.
Distribution: The means by which solar energy will circulate through the home — convection, conduction, or radiation.
As you can imagine, a lot goes into using passive solar design in your home. Unfortunately, many homes are built without this in mind, and as a result, the homeowner will always have to deal with subpar energy efficiency. Siding material, roof design, windows, and room orientation are just a few of the things you’ll need to look at when designing your home.
If you’re going to be implementing passive solar design into your home, room orientation will play a major role. South facing rooms are ideal for living areas like family rooms, living rooms, or dining rooms because they get a good amount of sunlight throughout the day. East facing rooms make great kitchens and bedrooms because they’re warm in the morning and cool in the afternoon. North facing rooms generally get the least amount of sunlight which is best for garages, bathrooms, and other service rooms.
Thanks for reading our blog. If energy efficiency is a concern for you when building your own custom home, you don’t have to stress about it! Our homebuilding experts here at Strata Builders are committed to making your dreams a reality and that includes creating a home that will save you money in the long run. In our next blog, we’ll take a look at several other aspects that go into making an energy-efficient home. In the meantime, give us a call today for a free consultation.