OUR APPROACH

With today's high energy prices, its time to look at a smarter way to build. In order to build a truly energy efficient home it takes an entirely different approach from standard construction. We discuss those difference here because it's important to understand the steps we take to build a home that consumes ZERO energy.

SUPER INSULATED BUILDING ENVELOPE

Our walls are twice as thick your standard wall to accommodate extra insulation, and have real world insulating values that are two to three times as high.

AIRTIGHT CONSTRUCTION

Random air leaks lead to significant energy loss. Every home gets a blower door test to ensure that we hit a predetermined air tightness target.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Our homes consume little energy which allows for a small and affordable renewable energy systemto bring the home to Net Zero Energy use.

THERMAL BRIDGE FREE CONSTRUCTION

In a typical wood framed wall, heat can escape at every framing member, which can account for up to 30% of the of the building envelope. We eliminate those weak points so that our homes have a thorough and continuous layer of insulation.

HIGH PERFORMANCE WINDOWS

To reduce energy losses we specify highly insulated triple-pane windows that seal airtight. Insulated windows are only part of the solution, the windows also need to be properly oriented on the house to take advantage of passive solar heat gains during the heating season.

SIMPLE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS

Our homes annual heating demands are so low that it no longer makes sense to use a traditional furnace or boiler. Instead we use a much smaller, and much less expensive heat pump. The low cost of these heat pumps allows you to recoup nearly all of the extra costs associated with building a highly insulated building envelope. Because of this our homes cost nearly the same to build as a standard home, but offer SIGNIFICANT energy savings.

CONTINUOUS VENTILATION

An airtight home is beneficial for energy savings, but not indoor air quality. We employ a dual purpose ventilation system in our homes. The system supplies fresh air to the home and recovers energy from the exhausted air!