There’s a lot of planning that goes into building a new house. And even more so when you’re building an energy-efficient home. But, the results are definitely worth the effort. From the roof to the foundation, there is a multitude of opportunities to go green. Making your home energy-efficient helps to lower your utility bills, increases your home’s value, and has a positive impact on the environment.
At Cobblestone Builders, we have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to building an energy-efficient home. In every home we build, we incorporate the newest technology combined with time-tested techniques to ensure our homes rate among the best in energy savings. From the roofing material to the windows and the insulation to the foundation, we use the highest-quality, eco-friendly products. Keep reading for ways to guarantee your home is energy-efficient.
Use sustainable roofing material. Choosing the right roofing material and color reduces your heating and cooling use by up to 30%. Your home builder can recommend the best material and sheathing for your home.
Consider installing a cool roof. Builders use a specially designed coating or granules (depending on the base material used), applied over your roofing material, that reflects less sunlight and absorbs less heat than regular roofs.
Insulate below your roof. Proper insulation drastically reduces the amount of heat used in colder months and the amount of air conditioning used in hot temperatures.
Choose an energy-efficient wall framing technique. Optimum Value Engineering (OVE) wall-framing leaves more room for insulation than traditional wood-framed walls.
Consider using Structural Insulated Panels. These panels consist of a thick layer of insulating foam surrounded by two layers of strand board, eliminating the extra step of insulating a standard frame.
Focus on sealing. Air escapes through crevices and joints in the structure of your home. Properly caulking, weatherstripping, and sealing these spaces keep the air in, lowering your energy costs.
Use an insulated foundation. Additionally, if you plan to finish your basement, insulate the walls of each room. This keeps the space comfortable by minimizing moisture and increasing temperature control.
Apply a waterproofing membrane. This, combined with making sure to have adequate drainage keeps moisture in control, eliminating mold and potential health risks.
Landscape with intent. Grading and foundation during the construction phase are done to code specifications and industry standards. Make sure the landscaping follows that lead. Dirt should always slope away from your home. Lay mulch to prevent infestations from rodents and insects. And keep plants and trees away from the foundation. All of these things lead to foundation damage, moisture penetration, and air leakage.
Energy-Efficient Homes by Cobblestone Builders
Every home we build receives an Energy-Efficient Certification from a Focus on Energy Consultant. In addition to energy-efficiency, the Focus on Energy Building Performance Consultant ensures your new construction home meets the highest standards for durability, comfort, and combustion safety. The inspection and certification process ensures your new home scores highly on a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scale.