More about The Vermont Energy Code

We are wandering around The Vermont Energy Code and sharing with you some of the salient points but strongly suggest that you make yourself aware of what exactly is in our state’s Energy Code so that you will be an educated home owner, or home buyer, or home builder. The Energy Code is a good tool for you to use.

Here are a few random highlights:

Windows are such a pane

This entire week we have been talking about technological advances in building science and today let’s look at the pane.  That’s a pane of glass, not the other pain.

The Weak Link in your home’s Building Envelope are your windows.  Regardless of how well you install windows or how well built the windows are; the glass that you and I enjoy so much are the one area of the house that loses more heat than any other.

Technological advances

Yesterday we mentioned how the United States is the world’s leader in developing Solid State lighting and how all the advances in lighting have become main-stream practice so quickly.  LED bulbs are everywhere and the DOE’s estimate is that in the next twenty years Solid State Lighting will reduce lighting energy requirements by 75%.  That’s impressive.

Another area where technology is making rapid gains and improvements is in the areas of Heating and Cooling.

Is your house a healthy place to live?

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!

Let’s talk Value! What’s it worth?

For several weeks now we have been talking about selling and buying your new home.  One of the salient considerations is the knowledge and understanding that buyers possess.  In other words, they are very savvy; they know what they want and they know what to pay for it.  Or…………., the current home buyer knows value.

Again, trending styles that are in, out, or gone

Yesterday we took a look at Subway Tiles and how popular they have always been but especially now.  (we’d love to hear if you have decided to install subway tiles in your home, let us know!)

Not all popular items remain popular. And today we’d like to mention an idea that has been quite well liked but is rapidly going the way of the Dodo Bird and that would be the very cool little “towel bar” that is in your shower unit.

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