An energy efficient home is designed to keep the effects of outside weather conditions away while reducing energy wastage inside the home. If you are planning to build your house from scratch, there are plenty of energy efficient material options that will help you limit the energy wastage or loss. Below are some most popular materials for building energy efficient homes.
Typically, it takes about 40-50 trees to build an average-sized house. This unnecessary tree cutting can be avoided by using recycled steel. It will take just 6 scrap cars to build that same house. According to the Steel Recycling Institute, recycled steel uses less energy and emits fewer harmful CO2 emissions than many other building materials like lumber. Recycled steel is widely used for building energy efficient homes as it is highly durable and rigid. It becomes the best ideal material for homes in regions prone to high climate and wind conditions or earthquakes.
This strong and durable building material is produced by pouring concrete between multiple layers of insulation material. This material can be used for free-standing walls and building blocks. The insulated concrete structure is extremely energy efficient and, at the same time, also prevents mold, mildew and rotting.
Solar panels can be installed on the roof of the house or in the yard to reduce the energy use and make the most of the solar energy. The mechanical and electrical energy produced by these panels can be used for water heating, electricity, heating in winter, cooling in summer, etc. Apart from properly oriented windows and roofs, you can use thermal mass materials like masonry, tile, stone, concrete, etc. for home building. Some of these products absorb heat from the sunlight and warm air, while some store the heat. This reduces the extra consumption of energy for various home purposes.
Cool roofs are made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles, depending on the type of your house. A cool roof reflects heat from the sun and absorbs less heat to keep your house cooler on hot, summer days. This means it transfers less heat into the house and saves the cost and energy consumed by the air conditioners to serve the purpose.
The ‘E’ in low-E stands for emissivity. The low-E fixtures like doors and windows have a clear coating of metal oxide that keeps the heat inside the house during winters and outside in summers. These doors and windows are expensive than the plain variants. For example, low-E storm windows are 10-15% more expensive than clear glass storm windows, but they have several benefits. These energy efficient glasses can reduce heat flow by up to 50% and reduce heating costs by 10-20%.
You can select a combination of some of these for various elements of your house. To make the most energy efficient house and select the best materials within your budget, you can contact our Edmonton home constructors. Our professionals can help you throughout the selection and building process.