The Vermont Residential Energy Code of 2015 has quite a bit to say about windows and the glass in the windows. Since this is our State’s official stance/law we thought it might be interesting to let you in on what our state is doing:
Last week we talked about the finances surrounding the purchase/building of a new home. This week we will focus on various energy saving components that in residential construction are rapidly becoming main stream.
The United States is the world leader in developing Solid State Lighting (SSL). Most of us know Solid State Lighting as LED’s.
Yesterday we talked about whether your home breathes or not. Don’t forget – houses do not breathe, only you and every other animal breathe.
But, your home is super insulated and is built very tight so it needs fresh air so that other nasty things don’t live in your home; your home needs to be healthy -
A dark and damp place is the perfect breeding ground for the growth of Mold and Mildew; both of which are living organisms that you do not want in your home!
Typically, whenever someone is thinking about building their new home, especially if it is a First Home they somehow always manage to ask the same question.
“…..if you are building the home so tight and Energy Efficient how
does the house breathe?”
Throughout our daily lives we are all constantly using Energy in one form or another. It seems as though everything we do requires some sort of energy whether it be electricity for our homes, gas for the car, or everything else.
Yesterday we introduced you to the Heat Recovery Ventilator or HRV. We can’t emphasize enough the vital role the HRV plays in the well-being and good health of your family. Homes today are increasingly built better! A new home in 2017 is a superior building that what you would typically have had in 2007, only ten years ago. Energy efficiency has become so important that builders are constantly upgrading and improving the efficiency of their homes. Further, state building codes, especially here in Vermont are rapidly expanding
The other day we concluded that people breath but, homes do not breath. A breathing home is one that is constantly losing heat that is replaced with Cold Air Penetration.
A super insulated home that is truly Energy Efficient home reduces Heat Loss to a minimum, this saves on energy costs and reduces your Carbon Foot Print. This is the correct thing to do!
Most of the people that read our blog are folks looking to either build or improve their home. And, one of the more problematic aspects of deciding who to work with is knowing their qualifications.
For example; my niece is building a home far away from us but none the less she calls all the time asking question about how to??? Or, what to??? Or, should I??? and so on.
We’d like to offer a couple tips on what to listen for when you are talking with a prospective builder:
In the past couple days we have looked at:
- Floor Coverings
- Kitchen design
- Bathroom design
Lighting is the fourth significant area that will make your new home POP as an extraordinary home. If you are buying or selling people always look at what makes an individual home standout as something very special; lighting is an important factor.
Mood and ambiance – any room’s mood or atmosphere is many times determined by the amount or lack of lighting. Think carefully what type of feel you want within a room.
The other day we talked about a Clothes Dryer that worked by squeezing the moisture out of damp clothes rather than forcing hot air through the freshly washed clothes. The heat pump clothes dryer is far more energy efficient, it simply uses a lot less electricity to accomplish the same thing as a conventional hot air clothes dryer.