Our most important consideration
It guides every step of our thinking from initial planning to project completion. We design and build our homes to consume as little energy as possible.Most people assume that their homes have insulation and building codes to enforce those standards. That much is true. But it represents the minimum level of insulation that is acceptable, so that if you are told by a builder that he insulates “to code”, know that it is the bare minimum below which is a violation.That bar is set very low. We can and should be building homes that use 50% less energy than the current building codes require.
Build it Tight, Ventilate it Right
By exhausting air out of the house, we are able to test for and correct any air leaks in the building envelope. A thermal-imaging camera checks for cold spots.
A thermal-imaging camera checks for cold spots.
Heating and Cooling
To help reduce those costs, whenever possible, choose geothermal systems to heat and cool the home as they are widely recognized as being the most efficient and environmentally friendly method. By using the constant 55 degree temperature of the earth, just a few feet below the surface, geothermal furnaces, through their ground loop piping, can deliver four units of the earth’s free energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That translates into an efficiency of 400% when compared to the most efficient gas furnaces on the market, which rate 95%. The geothermal system also produces much of a home’s hot water needs. Homeowners can save from 40-60% on their total heating, cooling and hot water bills.