Building codes initially were instated to protect public health and safety, but government agencies have increasingly turned to codes to implement other policies, such as energy efficiency, resilience, sustainability, and property protection. Depending on your perspective this can be a good or a bad thing.
The residential sector accounts for 22% of total energy consumed nationwide. – US Department of Energy.
We pride ourselves in making the time and effort to build energy efficient homes. We follow the ‘whole-house systems approach’. This requires us, from the beginning, to consider all systems, components and conditions of the home, the building lot, the homes occupants, etc.
These variables could include:
- Site conditions
- Insulation and air sealing
- Space heating and cooling
- Water heating
- Windows, doors, and skylights.
- Appliances and home electronics
- Lighting and daylighting
Some benefits of using a whole-house systems approach include:
- Reduced utility and maintenance costs
- Increased comfort
- Reduced noise
- A healthier and safer indoor environment
- Improved building durability
If you follow this approach from the beginning, you and even your grandchildren will reap the rewards of energy bill savings month after month and a more beautiful, responsibly built home which will liberate, inspire and last. These ‘upgrades’ come standard with every house by CS.