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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