Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficiency is an important factor when considering the design and build of every new home. Putting in the effort now will mean a future-proof build with added energy savings, greater health and comfort benefits and a more environmentally friendly house.

What Are Energy Efficient Homes?

Energy efficient homes are designed in such a way so as to reduce excess energy consumption and the demand for non-renewable resources, while providing healthier living conditions and longer term cost savings.

For a new build this means considering things like building materials, the positioning of the house, and waste reduction, both during the build and the ongoing living arrangements.

What Makes An Energy Efficient House?

There are many factors that influence the energy efficiency of a home; it is all of these things combined that make up the ideal energy efficient house. However both new and existing homes can be improved using some or all of these energy efficient strategies and products.

  1. Good Insulation. Good home health starts with good insulation, enjoy a warmer, drier and healthier home by ensuring top quality insulation throughout the home.
  2. Well Thought Out Heating And Cooling. How big are the rooms and how often do they need to be heated? Working out what size heating device is needed for each room, how much they cost to run and the longer term environmental impacts of each option is vital on any new build.
  3. Strategic Use Of Windows. Whether double or triple glazing materials are used, and thinking about maximising the sun will add to your homes natural warmth and its ability to retain this free heat.
  4. Efficient Water Heating. Water heating contributes to a large portion of your electricity bill, making smart choices now based on your usage, available heating methods and long term environmental impact will save you money.
  5. Better Lighting. Choosing energy efficient lighting when building a new home not only has an impact on your electricity bill it also means you can avoid issues with insulation and drafts. Modern LED lighting also has a very long life span, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
  6. Energy Efficient Appliances. Building a new home is the perfect time to investigate the best energy efficient appliances to suit your needs. Making informed choices will mean you can get the very best value for money from the appliance.

Want To Know More About Building An Energy Efficient Home?

As certified builders the team at Build7 provide a free 1 hour coffee chat for any interested parties that are thinking of building and want to know how to build a more energy efficient home.

Build7 are an energy efficient conscious building company based in Christchurch who offer a personal custom design and build service. Your Build7 home will always be a quality home, get it right from the start with Build7.

Interested in the New Zealand rating system to rank the energy efficiency of homes? The Homestar team at the NZ Building Green Council have created a system that enables builders to specify a buildings performance over a number of categories including energy, health and comfort, water, waste, materials, site, home management and innovation.