If you are ready to have a new home built, you may want to have a custom home built. With a custom home, you will be able to have the home built around the needs of you and your family. Another advantage of building a custom home is that you get to decide what goes into it. This includes modern features and green energy efficient solutions. If you want your home to have a modern green design, here are some of the things that you may want to have done to your home while it is being built.
1. Lighting And Automation For Energy Efficiency
Lighting and automation is something that you will want to consider from the start for your home. You may want to have automation connected to your lighting to help reduce electricity consumption of your home. If you are going to have recessed lighting in kitchens, bedrooms or your bathroom, LED tape lighting is a great solution for lighting in these areas, and it is very affordable to have installed. You can also have things like automated shutters installed on your home to help control natural lighting during daylight hours.
2. Green Roofing Solutions To Reduce Heating And Cooling Costs
The roof on your home can be the source of a lot of loss of energy. If you want to reduce energy loss, you can have green roofing solutions installed on your home. In warmer climates, this can be lighter colored roofing that reflects the heat from the sun. In cooler climates, you may want to consider insulation for roof rafters, which will give you additional insulation, as well as help to protect against ice dams during winter freezes.
3. Solar Energy And Thermal Storage For Hot Water And Heating
Solar energy is another thing that you may want to consider for green systems for your home. This can be things like solar panels integrated into the building materials on your home. You can also use solar heaters to provide you with hot water and heating. This can be combined with thermal storage, which can help you get the most efficiency out of these systems and connect them with things like geothermal HVAC.
4. Mechanical Systems To Reduce Energy Needs Of Your Home
There are many other areas with the mechanical systems in your home where you can reduce energy consumption. This can be with things like low flow plumbing fixtures, and HVAC systems that use less energy. You may want to consider installing geothermal HVAC, which can help to reduce your heating and cooling costs. It can also be connected to a water heater and reduce the costs of heating hot water for your home. There are also building techniques that can be used to allow for more insulation and better energy performance of your home.
These are some of the things that you may want to have done to your home while it is being built to make it a little more modern and green. If you are ready to start creating green designs for your home, contact a plumbing contractor like Abbey Plumbing & Heating Co and ask them about some of these green solutions for the mechanicals in your new home.