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Efficiency By Design

Buildings are by far the most important venue for efficiency by design. More energy and materials are used in their construction as well as energy consumed during their lifetime, consequently their design and construction practices should be implemented in the most sustainable way possible to attain the goal of carbon neutrality and only natural materials used.

The structure of our buildings and homes should be made from sustainable materials bought regionally to increase the economy and increase longevity of the structure. As an example, standing seam metal roofs last longer and can actually reflect solar radiation, keeping your attic and house cooler in the summer. Passive solar houses with correctly sized eaves can also increase the efficiency of your structure’s heating and cooling system. These as well as many other structural design options can become bankable down the road if you can show that the structure costs less to operate and maintain.

Even taking minimal steps during construction, such as air sealing and correct insulation, can increase the efficiency of a structure in major ways. Most new construction does not take efficiency into account when designing, but this should be a top priority in construction if the main goal is to become energy efficient.

The thought of quality should be the driving factor behind our homes and structures. We spend more time in them and more money on them, so why wouldn’t we spend the small amount of extra time and materials to make our buildings last longer and be more energy efficient?

This is the way for the present and all parties involved in the process would benefit.

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