September 06, 2018

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.