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Custom Building an Energy Efficient Home

Custom Homes | March 5, 2020

When it comes to custom building an energy efficient home, it is important to work with a reputable builder who will be able to provide you with insights and considerations into how to make your home as efficient as possible. At Jaheny Custom Builders, we offer a range of custom home building services for energy efficient homes, and our team will work closely with you to ensure that your new home is everything you dreamed it would be.

Energy Efficient Home Building Considerations

Some of the things that you should take into consideration when building an energy efficient home include:

1. Location

One of the most important things to consider when building an energy efficient home is location. Make sure to select a building site that is naturally protected from the elements like wind, rain, and snow and that your home will be positioned to provide the most natural light possible.

2. Air Sealing Strategy

When building an energy efficient home, it is important to ensure that all of the exterior walls, windows, and doors are properly sealed to help minimize air movement and air leakage. A custom home builder will use proper techniques and materials like vapour barrier, caulk, insulation, and house wrap to prevent outside air from entering and inside air from escaping your new home.

3. Additional Insulation

The better the insulation used throughout a home, the more energy efficient it will be. Since insulation works to provide a protective barrier between the interior and exterior of your home, you should make sure that insulation is installed above the ceiling, in exterior walls, and in lower level walls.

4. Energy Efficient Windows

Purchasing energy efficient windows that offer the best level of insulation possible can help create an impermeable barrier and boost your home’s efficiency levels. It is also a good idea to place more windows on the south and east sides of your home to get the most sunlight possible without the heat becoming oppressive throughout the day.

5. High-Efficiency HVAC

One of the easiest ways to make your custom home energy efficient is to have a high-efficiency HVAC system installed. When building your new home, make sure that the HVAC contractor is designing the size and layout of the ductwork to optimize performance and efficiency. It is also a good idea to ensure that insulated ducts are being used to ensure that the conditioned air remains at the same temperature as it leaves the unit and is delivered throughout your home.

If you would like to learn more about custom building an energy efficient home, or if you are interested in our custom home building services, please contact Jaheny Custom Builders at 604-551-0320 or 604-307-0450 or by filling out a contact form on our website.