Building Green today for tomorrow’s home market.
The trend in new home building is rapidly shifting toward building green and energy efficient building. What’s optional this year, in terms of building homes with energy efficiency, in all likelihood, will be required in the near future.
If cities, towns, and counties enact green and energy efficient building ordinances, which we fully expect them to do, soon every new home will have energy ratings.
Fast forward five or fifteen years, to a time when you might want to sell your custom home, and your home will be competing in the marketplace with green built homes. If your home isn’t green – with all of the energy-efficiencies already built in – you’ll be at a competitive disadvantage.
We’re investing a lot of money, time, and passion into building a custom home that everyone will love. It only makes sense to take the extra steps to ensure that the home has the maximum resale value.
While the trend of identifying as a green builder might come and go, we’ll continue to do what we’ve always done – incorporate responsible building green practices and a long-range view of a home’s uses and lifespan.
The top 7 green build features.
Energy efficiency begins with the way a house is framed. At PRASADA Custom Homes, we work closely with architects and framers to intentionally leave voids, into which we can pack and pour insulation. Because most solid lumber has an R-value of less than 1, and quality insulation has an R-value of 22, we like to sandwich insulation between beams, in corners, under eaves, between roof tresses, in the headers above window, wherever we can. This creates an exterior “skeleton” for your home that protects it from the wide range of Canada’s outdoor temperatures.
We use the highest quality insulation to block heat loss in the winter and prevent heat gain in the summer. Insulation in walls, ceilings, windows, exterior doors, floors, and framing dramatically improves energy efficiency and helps keep rooms at a consistent, comfortable temperature year-round.
As water supplies become more scarce, although not as much in the surrounding Oakville Burlington area, water conservation becomes critical. When we’re building a new home, we can incorporate a variety of water-saving techniques, such as: high-efficiency toilets, water-saving appliances, on-demand circulation systems, and flow reduction faucets and shower heads. We can also make the plumbing system energy efficient by insulating hot water heaters and pipes.
Radiant floor heating uses about 65% less energy than conventional forced air systems, and air conditioning systems that are installed properly can significantly reduce energy usage. At PRASADA Custom Homes, we suggest radiant floor heating in virtually all of the houses we build, we carefully choose the placement of AC equipment, and we meticulously connect and seal all of the ductwork to ensure that there’s no air leakage.
Today’s window’s are amazing, preventing virtually all heat transfer. Gone are the windows of yesteryear that let warm air out and cold drafts in, and created uncomfortable spots throughout the entire house, in every season. Energy-efficient window systems include properties such as: glazing, innovative frame construction, E-coatings, gas fills, and edging and spacing systems.
When it comes to lighting, the two best ways to save energy are to install energy-efficient cans and to tie everything into a lighting control system. With a home automation system, you can dim lights, create mood lighting, set indoor and outdoor lights on timers, and turn off all the lights in the house from a single touch panel, enabling you to only use the amount of energy you need.
We can install a state-of-the-art home automation system that will allow you to control not only lighting, but also heating and air conditioning systems, shades and draperies, and motorized awnings, all of which conserve energy by blocking unwanted sun in the summer and inviting in warmth on cold days.