Learn About Energy Efficient House Building

What makes a house energy efficient? Simple, before you start a home-building project, the home site should be carefully evaluated to determine the optimum design and orientation for the house. The design should accommodate appropriate insulation levels, moisture dynamics, and aesthetics. Decisions regarding appropriate windows, doors, heating, cooling and ventilating appliances are essential to an energy-efficient design. Also the cost, ease of construction, and local building code compliance should be competently evaluated. Some energy-efficient house plans are relatively simple and inexpensive to construct, while others can be extremely complex and, thus, expensive. Construction costs can vary significantly depending on the materials, construction techniques, contractor profit margin, experience, and the type of heating, cooling, and ventilation system chosen.

Because energy-efficient house plans require less money to operate, many lenders now offer energy-efficient mortgages (EEMs). EEMs typically have lower points and allow for the stretching of debt-to-income ratios. State and local government energy offices can be contacted for information on region-specific financing. In the end, your energy-efficient house will provide you with superior comfort and lower operating costs, not to mention a higher real estate market value.

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