Green House Plans for an Energy Efficient Home February 28 2014, 0 Comments
If you're building a new house or doing a re-model in Santa Cruz County or the San Francisco Bay area, it's wise to do so while keeping energy efficiency and environmental impact in mind.
Making your new house more energy efficient requires planning and should be a part of the design process and not an after thought when construction actually begins. As you will see below, some of these energy efficient designs are quite simple and inexpensive to incorporate with a little planning.
Energy Efficient Design Ideas
Large windows and optimized window placement
Cut corners (literally)
Houses with a lot of nooks and crannies use more energy and are more difficult to heat and cool than homes with more open floor plans because it requires the HVAC system to work harder and longer to reach these spaces. Simplifying your home design will maximize your home's HVAC efficiency ultimately saving the home owner dollars and our planet. Who said it ain't easy being Green????
Re-roofing? Angle your Roof for Solar Energy Absorption
One of the objectives of traditional roof design is to escape the power of the sun. Outfitting your home with energy efficient roofing materials allows us to take advantage of this naturally occuring energy resource, increase energy efficiency and free up our design options. So get creative and bring on the sun!!
Only use space you really need
Green house plans = green future!
Whether you are planning to build a new home or remodel your existing home, incorporating these green building suggestions will insure energy efficiency in the long and short run and help to protect our environment.
If you're thinking of re-modeling your home, or if you're interested in hiring Starley to work alongside your home builder or architect to ensure that your home is working to your advantage, click the button below for a free 30-minute conversation with Starley.