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There is a movement across the country toward building more sustainable, energy efficient and cost-effective homes. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) leads a number of initiatives for homebuilders focusing on high-performance building techniques and materials. As an awareness of the value of high-performance building grows, we’re seeing these initiatives being adopted into local jurisdictions’ building codes. In California, a 2020 net zero energy goal pushes building codes closer to that goal at every price point – not just luxury homes.
This awareness is driving consumer demand, innovation, and adoption across the residential construction market. Quality builders are moving away from traditional “stick-built” homes and adopting a whole-house systems approach to construction. From air barriers to duct-work, advances in home construction are meeting today’s greater expectations for performance and comfort. Look for these high-performance innovations when purchasing or building your next home.
The high-performance builder’s mantra is “build tight, ventilate right.” A super-insulated and tight building envelope provides acoustic privacy in addition to elevating the home’s heating and cooling efficiency. What’s inside the walls also makes a big difference in how a house performs against the elements, including the most invasive one – moisture. The modern homebuilder’s toolkit contains these high-performance products:
No pun intended, but the demand for solar energy is heating up. The amount of solar power installed in the U.S. increased 23 times from 2008 to 2015 to an estimated 27.4 GW. That’s enough energy to power the equivalent of 5.4 million average American homes. California’s Mojave Desert is home to Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, the world’s largest operating solar thermal energy plant. As prices continue to fall, solar energy is increasingly becoming an economical energy choice for American homeowners and businesses. Harnessing the power of the sun in your modern home, and moving that warmth around efficiently is the focus of these sustainable building techniques:
The strategies we’ve outlined above are just the beginning of your journey to a more sustainable future. To learn even more about what goes into a high-performance home, check out Clarum’s High-Performance Home Building Guide.
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