Energy-Efficient Home Design
Energy-Efficient home design can reduce energy costs, decrease environmental impact and protect health.
It's getting more and more affordable to design and build energy efficient homes than before. Dropping costs and availability in energy-efficient technologies helping home owners to make this investment.
1. Building orientation
The ideal orientation of the building is along the East-West side. This orientation not only is good for photovoltaic panels but also you can maximize the daylight opportunities that can dramatically change your space. The building orientation and the way a structure is situated or the placement of windows, rooflines and other features is critical for efficiency.
2. Smaller Footprint
Smaller footprint has lower impact to the environment, more efficient and lower maintenance costs. Getting rid of all unnecessary waste including all building products and machinery. Minimize all the energy consumption and wastes.
3. Use Solar Energy
Use solar photovoltaic panels. The sun is the ultimate energy source and has the cleanest and lowest cost energy source. When you build a new home is the best time to design for the most efficient way on how to take advantage of the light, positioning and geography.
4. Cool Roof
The materials being use on the roof can make a dramatic difference on the energy usage of the house. Cool roof is designed to reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roof. Cool roof reduces the energy consumption, improve indoor comfort, and may extend the service life of the roof.
There are many roofing options and techniques to create cool roof.
5. Use Recycling Materials
With using recycling materials we can keep the environment clean, reducing waste sent to landfills, reducing energy usage and reuse and repurpose them again.
The initial material cost is usually lower than a virgin materials and also the materials can be reused and repurposed in the future.
6. Use Sustainable Materials & Methods
Using sustainable building materials can reduce the impact on the environment.
The criteria of the materials or products selection:
- Recycled content
- Natural, plentiful or renewable
- Resource efficient manufacturing process
- Locally available
- Salvaged, refurbished or remanufactured
- Reusable or recyclable
- Reusable or recyclable product packaging
Indoor Air Quality:
- Low or non-toxic
- Minimal chemical emissions
- Low VOC assembly
- Moisture resistant
7. Use ENERGY-STAR appliances
Using ENERGY-STAR appliances saves electricity, water and energy.
8. Install energy efficient lighting
LED lights are energy-efficient, durable, and long-lasting.
9. Using Energy efficient heating and cooling system
Air source ductless heat pump is a good choice. It also called a mini-split heat pump. These systems are highly energy efficient and doesn't have the high costs of thermal heat pumps.