Features of an Energy Efficient Home Effective Insulation
This means properly installed and high-quality insulation which reduces
heat transfer to improve comfort; and protects homes from moisture
damage which improves durability. EPS SIPs are a best practice for
effective and efficient insulation.
High Performance Windows
Improved technology reduces heat transfer, multiple
panes insulate better, Low-E glass reflects light
and UV rays reducing the solar radiation that can
fade fabrics, non-toxic gas fills insulate better, warm
edge spacers reduce heat flow and condensation.
Tight Construction and Ducts
To create a comfortable home, an efficient duct system is a must. Sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope" and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance.
In a typical house about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. That’s why the duct systems found in ENERGY STAR qualified homes are third-party tested for tightness and verified to be properly insulated.
Equipment plays a critical role in the efficiency of a home. Efficient,
properly sized HVAC systems use less energy, reduce indoor humidity
and are quieter than other systems. If a system is installed that is too
large for the home, it not only costs more, but also operates less efficiently,
and can cause comfort and humidity problems.
Lighting and Appliances
ENERGY STAR® qualified homes include ENERGY STAR qualified products from at least one of these categories:
Water heating equipment
More than 5 light fixtures, appliances, ceiling fans equipped with lighting fixtures, or ventilation
Third Party Verification
Home energy raters will provide a pre-construction evaluation of the project and two onsite visual inspections of the home during construction. The preconstruction evaluation provides the rater with an estimated rating for the home before any construction has begun. The rater will then make suggestions regarding the plan layout, orientation of the home on the lot, or other suggestions to better the home’s chances of being ENERGY STAR Qualified. The first inspection is designated as a visual inspection where the rater inspects air sealing and insulation details at pre-drywall stage using the Thermal Bypass Checklist. The second onsite visit involves testing equipment used to measure the leakiness of the building envelope and ducts.
EPS earns Top Ten Product award
from Rural Builder!
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Did You Know?
A 2,500-square-foot home built to ENERGY STAR® specifications is designed to save the homeowner anywhere from $600 to upwards of $1,500 on annual utility bills. These numbers are comparisons to industry-standard averages for new home construction and due in large part to significantly less energy and water consumption.
The Minnesota State Fair Design Center shows several types of exterior siding.