New Construction

You’re gearing up to build a new home, congratulations! With all the exciting green possibilities and modernized building regulations, what is the most important information you need to know?

1. Making Sure Your Home is Title 24 Compliant:

If you live in California, making sure your home aligns with Title 24 regulations is vital. The California Energy Commission rewrites these building and home requirements every few years with the goal of increasing energy efficiency. To learn more, we invite you to read the easy-to-read, thorough overview of this code we’ve put together at: ZNE’s Title 24 Page. If you live in another state, be on the lookout for our latest blogs and updates for the other 49! 

2. Maximizing Energy Efficiency:

The less energy you use, the more money you save. To accomplish this and maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some examples:

    1. Check out renewable energy generation. Nature offers free power, such as the sun’s rays and wind, for us to capture through:
      1. Solar (photovoltaic) panels
      2. Wind turbines or Wind machine powered systems
      3. Solar water heating
    2. Think carefully about site location and home direction.
      1. Natural Light: You can maximize the amount of natural sunlight used in your home based on building location and direction. This decreases the need to turn on lights.
      2. Passive Solar Design: Passive solar tactics helps keep your home at an ideal interior temperature. South-facing building orientations can be designed to absorb solar heat and store it during winter months. It can then deflect this solar heat during hot summer months.
    3. Save lots of energy with technology advances in typical home systems such as:
      1. Thermal Storage: Incorporating heat retention and shading into your home means less heating and cooling later. Examples of thermal storing techniques include:
        1. Strategic window placement
        2. Proper window & skylight glazing
        3. Appropriate shading
          1. Overhangs and porches
          2. Plants, trees and other vegetation
          3. Awnings & shutters
        4. Utilizing light-colored materials
        5. Ideal landscaping
      2. Cooling Strategies: Consider eco-friendly ways to keep your home cool in hot summer months. Release heat without typical energy-consuming systems through:
        1. Ventilation & ceiling fans
        2. Atria and stairwell towers
        3. Evaporative cooling systems for dry climates
        4. Dehumidification systems
        5. Heat pump systems

3. Being Environmentally Conscious:

With new construction there are simple opportunities to build environmentally friendly. You can:

      1. Use Recycled Materials. New materials take more energy to make and create a carbon footprint. How about using materials that have already been made? You can utilize recycled materials like recycled scrap steel, reclaimed lumber and doors from demolished buildings.
      2. Utilize high-performance Installation: Super insulate so you don’t have to crank your heat in winter! A prime way to do this is installing Structural Insulated Panels for floors, walls & roofs.

Take it to the Next Step

This has been just a basic overview of all the great possibilities. Check out the rest of ZNE and upcoming blogs for more information. For help from certified green architects, designers and consultants near you, simply head over to our directory of specialists!