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Friday, August 14, 2009

Designing and Remodeling a Home

Designing and Remodeling a Home
Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, you should consider investing in its energy efficiency. You'll save energy and money in the long run. It's also a good time to invest in a renewable energy system that will provide your home with electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling.
If you'd like to design an energy-efficient home, no matter what type of design, you should use what's called the whole-house systems approach.
If you're remodeling a home, conduct an energy audit to help you determine what energy efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.
Learn how to optimize energy efficiency with the following home designs and construction techniques:
• Advanced House (Wall) Framing Techniques
Reduce lumber use and waste—improving energy efficiency—in the construction of a traditional wood-framed house.
• Earth-sheltered Homes Incorporate earth into their structure and design for durability and energy efficiency.
• Log Homes Use wooden logs to provide structure and insulation.
• Manufactured Homes Feature energy-efficient options for new homes and improvements for older homes.
• Passive Solar HomesTake advantage of climatic conditions, especially the sun, for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
• Straw Bale Homes Use straw bales to provide all or part of their structure and insulation.
• Zero Energy HomesProduce more energy than they use.

You should also explore your options for financing an energy-efficient home or improvements.


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EthanJoshua said...

I agree with what you are saying about the thermodynamic perspective, however on a human time scale renewable energy is renewable energy as we can consider the lifespan of the sun eternal for human purposes. Hence it makes sense to talk about renewable energy versus fossil energy.
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