Windows, are your windows energy efficient?

We have talked a lot about many ways you can improve on the Energy Efficiency within your home.  Obviously, we are not the only people commenting on how to improve efficiency and save money, there are a lot of individuals and firms that have their own blogs where they emphasize their point of view.  Honestly, that is exactly what we are doing also.

Throughout our blog posts we have commented that a good idea must have two major components:

Building material Sur-Charges

This afternoon we were pricing out a home to be delivered in southern Vermont and there was a Material Sur-Charge.  Let’s face it, a Sur-Charge is a price increase.  Typically, Sur-charges are a percentage of the material costs as compared to raising the cost of a specific piece of material a percentage is added.  That dollar amount can easily be adjusted upward and/or downward simply by quickly changing the percentage amount.

Building materials cost more!

As we all know the past month or two has seen a record breaking number of huge natural disasters.  Several hurricanes have hammered US Territories in The Caribbean along with Florida and Texas.  The scope and magnitude of these disasters have shocked all of us.  Most recently it seems as though Puerto Rico is reeling from storm damage and now wild fires in California are destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of Americans. 

Attic insulation is always important

Lately we have talked about Roxul insulation, Fiberglass insulation, and today let’s take a look at Cellulose.  As you probably know Cellulose insulation is manufactured from news-paper that is headed for the land fill. If you are looking for an insulation product that:

Heat Loss, the real enemy!

As everyone knows we have been talking a lot about Heat Loss, the process where heat escapes from your home out into the cold.  There are many ways that a well-built home loses heat but one of them is seldom thought about.

Lumber, the material that every home is built with, is an excellent conductor of heat.  Look at your kitchen pots and pans, I’ll bet 90% of them are aluminum.  The really good pots and pans also have a copper bottom.

Lumber quality is changing!

Last week we talked about how many local builders are swamped with the huge amount of knowledge needed to keep up with the plethora of Building Codes.  Modular homes are constantly inspected and are guaranteed to be 100% Compliant with all building codes!  Included in our building process are Professional Engineers and Professional Architects.  Do local builders have that depth of resources on their staff?  I doubt it.

Let’s take a look at building codes

We have been talking about Energy Efficiency, Cold Air Penetration, Heat Recovery Ventilation systems, and a host of other Energy concerns all of which are very very important!

When you consider building your new home how much direct attention is paid to complying with all of the various Building Codes?  Here at Vermont Modular Homes we believe there are basically two ways to build a home:

Here’s more about your NRV.

Yesterday we started a conversation about how an Heat Recovery Ventilation system will control the moisture in your home.  Basically, the HRV will exhaust stale air from inside your home and bring in fresh air.  The concept is really simple and I suppose you could accomplish the same thing by simply opening a window.  But, when you open the window you are creating a huge hole in the building envelope and tons of warm air will escape.  That would not be a good idea if you are trying to be energy conscious.