Anatomy of a High-Performance Home

Whether ren­o­vat­ing an old­er home or build­ing a new one, the pri­or­i­ties of the mod­ern home­own­er need to be at the fore­front of any builder’s plan. Mod­ern home­own­ers and buy­ers will no longer set­tle for tra­di­tion­al build­ing designs, mate­ri­als, and meth­ods that waste ener­gy and mon­ey. With so many tech­nolo­gies avail­able, these home­own­ers and buy­ers seek an invest­ment that will be envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly and cost effec­tive. How­ev­er, they are also not will­ing to com­pro­mise on a com­fort­able and visu­al­ly appeal­ing liv­ing envi­ron­ment. At this inter­sec­tion of effi­cien­cy and com­fort is the high-per­for­mance home.

Build­ing a high-per­for­mance home requires look­ing at the home as a whole, incor­po­rat­ing effi­cient strate­gies into every part of the build­ing process. Ignor­ing any ele­ment of the home build­ing process can waste ener­gy, mon­ey, and com­fort lat­er. Each part of the design assists and enhances the oth­ers in a high-per­for­mance home. When imple­ment­ed prop­er­ly, high-per­for­mance build­ing design will result in high­lights like excel­lent indoor envi­ron­men­tal qual­i­ty, an envi­ron­men­tal­ly respon­si­ble home, strength and safe­ty, and cost-effec­tive meth­ods.

Com­pa­nies like Bau­tex Sys­tems have researched and per­fect­ed field-test­ed strate­gies to achieve a high-per­for­mance home for any home­own­er. These include pas­sive strate­gies, or meth­ods that don’t require mechan­i­cal sys­tem inter­ven­tion, like shad­ing, ven­ti­lat­ed facades, and prop­er home ori­en­ta­tion for the direc­tion of the sun. These meth­ods make the home cool­er and more effi­cient. Bau­tex Sys­tems also uses active strate­gies in homes, such as using tech­nolo­gies like mass walls to ensure a tight build­ing enve­lope that doesn’t let air leak in or out. Sys­tems like ener­gy-effi­cient HVAC and LED light­ing also com­bine com­fort with cost effec­tive­ness.

High-per­for­mance home build­ing tru­ly requires an under­stand­ing of how every part of the home con­tributes to an ener­gy-effi­cient and com­fort­able whole. For more infor­ma­tion on how to build or ren­o­vate a high-per­for­mance home, check out the info­graph­ic below.

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