Constructing a home is not an easy job. It might take a team of architects and constructors at least 4-5 months to construct a standard house. However, constructing energy efficient homes can be more complex and a difficult task since you have to keep energy usage in check and develop the energy budget as well, and design and construct according to it. So here are 5 tips that will help you when you are planning construction of energy efficient homes
When constructing energy efficient homes, the most important thing is the selection of design and how it can help in developing an energy efficient house. Points to be considered:
Exposure to weather as little as possible, so your energy management plan does not have to be too flexible
In the open for better sunlight and unobstructed light.
Simpler shape rather than complex one so future upgrades are possible.
Keep the size small of the house as it helps in saving energy.
If you are heading for an optimum level of energy efficiency, then it is necessary that you do some energy modelling first before you start constructing.
Use energy modelling software such as Energy Gauge, Energy 10, etc., for better budgeting.
Select Energy Star Appliances. Consider microwave ovens, heat pump dryer and efficient dishwashers. Purchase a 20- cubic foot refrigerator as it uses lesser energy.
Create an energy efficient air supply and reuse the heat that is produced by the ventilator
Insulation is also one of the most important things in energy-efficient homes that mostly consumes the most energy.
Highly Insulated Ceilings or roofs. R-60 level insulation is preferable. Keep the ceiling-high so that the temperature dissipates as it reaches the floor.
Cell Spray Foam is another option that you should consider.
Floor Insulation Methods, such as rugs and carpets made out of wool are appropriate for this.
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Set a goal that Air changes per hour stay under 50 Pascals of pressure.
Seal the outer walls by double walls. Make sure that the inner wall and outer wall have some distance between them.
Seal any open space that might have been left out during construction, such as cracks, joints between sheets and other sorts of holes.
Airtight Other spaces, such as electric boxes, windows and doors tightly.
Locating the correct location is the basic one. As your solar panels require 100% sunlight, it is better to keep them in the open area, most likely on the top of your house, so they receive ample amount of light.
Micro-inverters are crucial and highly recommended. If for some reason, the panels are being obstructed, the invertors concentrate on the panel parts, which are not in shadows to store energy more effectively.
Purchasing a cost effective PV system is also a critical part. However, they are still somewhat expensive and may require upfront capital, so check with your city for any rebates they may offer and get several bids before purchasing a system.
These are only some of the tips that you should keep in mind when developing an energy efficient home. If you would like to more in detail, then contact me today, and I will help you out with all your energy efficient housing questions and problems. You can check my information details at the bottom of the page. If you have some more useful tips, then do share them in the comment!