GREEN BUILDING: Energy Efficiency
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David K. Horvath, GMB, CAPS, CGP, LEED-AP
General Manager, Certified Builder
Office: (615) 791-5678
Cell: (615) 319-0000
The ongoing energy use is the single greatest environmental impact of a building, so designing and constructing buildings for low energy use should be priority number one. Decisions made during the design and construction of a building will affect the environmental performance of that building for decades to come—perhaps even centuries—through energy consumption.
An integrated design approach presents potential energy savings in individual building elements and within the systems these components perform throughout their lifecycle. A new home offers many opportunities to increase the energy efficiency of a house because you're specifying the products and systems that will go into the house. If you are shopping for a new home, look for these features, or ask for an upgrade to include the following energy features:
- Incorporate high levels of insulation, high-performance windows, and make buildings as airtight as possible.
- Minimize heating and cooling loads through careful building design, lighting design, and landscaping.
- Install energy-efficient mechanical equipment, lighting, and appliances.
- Assure the quality of both materials and equipment installation.
- Utilize renewable energy resources to meet energy demand.
Superior energy efficiency is reached by designing, constructing, and operating a home in a deliberate manner that accomplishes many key metrics of green building, but should be prioritized based on which features and systems offer the greatest potential for energy savings and which cannot be easily modified at a later time. For example, the exterior thermal envelope of a house should be priority number one because it dramatically affects energy consumption and is not easily upgraded later. In contrast, energy consumption is impacted to a lesser extent by appliances which can easily be upgraded later.
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