We’ve long advocated for the attention we give to detail and the degree of craftsmanship we pour into all of our custom home constructions and renovations. It’s what we feel really sets us apart from companies that are merely fabricating for the sake of getting to the end of the job at hand to move on to the next one on this list.
So, with that said, we may be a bit biased (we are biased – we love what we do), but the subject of today’s conversation lies in the benefits of building new homes or revisiting and bolstering existing properties to install and/or upgrade the home to achieve bolstered energy efficiency. There’s a lot at play here, and, given the movement in the industry with no technologies and best practices being introduced frequently, the best method is to have a builder at the ready who is up-to-date on ongoing trends and can offer you the latest and greatest without hesitation. Again, whether it’s an entire new build, or a revisit of your existing structure, Becker Custom Building is the choice in Boston’s North Shore to bring your project to fruition. All of our jobs are customized to fit your specific needs, and corners are never cut by way of compromising quality.
Here are a few items to think about when it comes to home energy efficiencies:
- Insulation and air sealing
- Lighting and daylighting
- Space heating and cooling
- Water heating
- Windows, doors, and skylights
- Appliances and home electronics
Before making and/or selecting customized upgrades for your property, we can help align you with an energy auditor, which is something the state of Massachusetts prides itself on with their Mass Saves program (which will also find applicable rebates for costs incurred during these types of jobs).
We’ve pulled some helpful notes from www.energy.gov, which outline several specific property features and/or building elements that help feed the energy efficient nature of your home or business:
Ultra-efficient homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, appliances, and lighting with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. By taking advantage of local climate and site conditions, designers can often also incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient landscaping strategies. The intent is to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible, and then meet the reduced load with on-site renewable energy systems.
Advanced House Framing
If you’re building a new house or adding on to an existing one, consider using advanced house framing (also known as optimum value engineering), which reduces lumber use and waste and improves energy efficiency in a wood-framed house.
Cool roofs use highly reflective materials to reflect more light and absorb less heat from sunlight, which keeps homes cooler during hot weather.
Passive Solar Home Design
Passive solar home design takes advantage of climatic and site conditions to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
Efficient Earth-Sheltered Homes
Earth-sheltered homes can be built underground or bermed, and—when well designed and built—can be comfortable, durable, and energy-efficient.
With any type of property you’re considering (and believe us, there are many more “styles” than the ones referenced above), there will be logistical hurdles:
- Local building code approvals
- Building loans
- Homeowner’s insurance
We can help you connect some of the aforementioned dots due to relationships we’ve built over our 45 years in the building industry – which is another thing that sets us apart. We want you to have as much peace of mind as possible when it comes to buttoning up details, and the projects around the house. Contact us today to discuss your new home, new home renovation, or ways we can help you bring your custom built dreams to reality.