BUILDING AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT NEW HOME.
Building a new home is a big step. But it doesn’t have a to be a big gamble. Investing in the construction of an energy-efficient new home means eliminating the guesswork, ensuring that the long-term benefits you seek are built in from the ground up:
Peace of Mind
While energy-saving upgrades can be installed in an existing home, upgrading is often more expensive and less effective than during the construction phase.
MAKING THE GRADE
In order for a new home to be considered truly energy-efficient, it must either be PSO-certified or ENERGY STAR® certified. The key to achieving certified status is the home’s ability to stand up to rigorous testing and inspections.
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is an index used by homebuilders to measure a home’s energy efficiency performance. A home’s HERS score tells you everything you need to know about a home’s energy performance in a single number. The lower the HERS number, the more energy efficient the home.
A certified independent HERS rater works closely with the builder throughout the construction process to determine energy-saving equipment and construction techniques and conduct required on-site testing and inspections to earn its ENERGY STAR or PSO certification.
NOTE: To ensure maximum efficiency in your new home, contact PSO early in the process before the walls are framed.
NO DETAIL IS TOO SMALL
Before construction ever begins, familiarize yourself with the various components of an energy-efficient new home and discuss them with your builder. Important components include lighting, insulation, windows, ducts and HVAC systems. A home is a system, not unlike the human body, with many components that need to work together in order to perform efficiently. For example, if you install an efficient HVAC system, but your windows are low-rated or improperly sealed, you’ll experience loss of air, reduced comfort and higher utility costs. Don’t know where to start with your builder? Use our checklist that can help you build an energy-efficient home.