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

Colder winter months strain your energy bill as your central heating system keeps you warm. One of the best ways to combat this is with passive heating. Passive heating enables solar heating to do some of the work for you by allowing solar energy to radiate throughout the house during the day. To maximize this effect, incorporate large windows that face the sun into your environmentally friendly house plans.  It is important to keep in mind that windows can also let in unwanted heat in during the summer months.  A simple solution to combat this is to choose energy efficient window coverings.  Today's home owner will find a large selection of window coverings that are beautiful and energy efficient.  Sometimes it is possible to "have it all"!

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

Another factor that will put a strain on your energy bill is an over-sized home. By choosing a home with the amount of space that you will actually use, you can prevent wasting a great deal of energy!

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.