Tips for Building Your Custom Home To Be Energy Efficient

February 22, 2013

Individuals who choose to have a home built to their specifications can include many “green” features that will save them money on utilities and other expenses, including taxes. When it comes to building custom homes in Pennsylvania, a good custom home builder knows the rules and regulations the EPA has set in place to protect the environment and build according to current standards. Here are some tips and information for building your custom home to be energy efficient:

ENERGY STAR Rating System

The EPA has designed the ENERGY STAR rating system to help homeowners improve their energy savings in both new and existing homes. It was created in 1992 and is the “trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency”. Each product has to be independently certified regarding quality, savings, and performance before it can earn the ENERGY STAR label. When something is rated as energy efficient by the ENERGY STAR rating system, homeowners know they can count on that information and rest assured that the product they have is energy efficient. 

Tips for Building Your Custom Home to Be Energy Efficient

Solar panels can be placed on a home and used to dramatically cut the cost of heating and cooling the home for years to come. Combined with tightly sealed ductwork and joints throughout the home, this can produce exceptional savings. Effective insulation is another plus that can be added while the home is in the building phase.

Using high-performance, energy-saving windows help to seal out extreme temperatures while keeping moderated temps inside. Contractors can also suggest energy efficient appliances as well. Water heaters, refrigerators, and heating and cooling systems that are rated for high energy efficiency can be installed as the home is built, so the new homeowner can start off with efficient energy usage. Contractors and builders can also assure the home has proper ventilation to help increase and control air flow without compromising the tightness and structural soundness of the home.

To be considered an ENERGY STAR home, a third party must be able to verify the newly constructed dwelling meets and then exceeds the standards put in place by the EPA by at least 15%. A home inspector or an insurance agent that specializes in insuring homes and businesses can provide the verification and qualify the home as ENERGY STAR approved.