Are you building a new home and want to make sure it has all of the energy efficient features you are looking for? The planning and new construction stages of building a home are the best times to ensure the following considerations are made regarding the comfort and efficiency for the life of your home.
- Insulation types and locations
- Heating and cooling equipment and system set up
- Structural features
- Water heating equipment and set up
- Energy code changes
- Preventing moisture issues
- Planning for indoor air quality
- Preventing air leakage issues
- And more…
Todd is offering consulting services for new homes. Contact us to set up a consultation by calling (309) 253-2242.
Building an Energy Efficient Home Presentation Resources
Todd from EverGreen has recently been giving presentations to those who are rebuilding from the tornado that hit Pekin, East Peoria, and Washington in November 2013. We received requests at those presentations to provide the following resources on this website:
Downloads for Homeowners
- Consumer Checklist Illinois Learn what to expect from the 2012 IECC (energy code) that was implemented across the state January 1st, 2013.
- Home Energy Code Guide – Long Version – A longer version of the checklist above.
- From Tragedy to Triumph – Residential – A document published by the U.S. Department of Energy on how communites hit by catastrophes decided to rebuild using green technologies.
- Indoor airPLUS – If pursuing an Energy Star certified new home, you may also choose to add an additional certification regarding indoor air quality.
Downloads for Builders and Contractors
- 2012 IECC – Energy Code Training – Attend a free class on an overview of the 2012 IECC.
- HVAC and Load Calculation Training – HVAC – Load calculation training – Attend a free class that introduces you to the ins and out of load calculations.
- Performance-Based Submittals for Code Compliance – Performance-Based Submittals for Code Compliance – Building an “above-code” home? Attend a free class on submittals.
Recommended Online Resources
- Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency – Looking for a financial incentive to help shorten the payback of your investment in energy efficiency? This web site is a great place to look for financial assistance that may be available for your project!
- Ameren Illinois – Act On Energy – Building an Energy Star Home – Considering building an “above-code” home with an Energy Start Certification? Check out the financial incentives Act On Energy has to help achieve the certification for your new home.
- LEED for Homes – Considering getting your home LEED certified? This certification is arguably the most complete certification for a sustainable home that goes beyond energy efficiency and into categories such as water conservation, land use, and toxicity of building materials.
- Passive House Institute U.S. – Yet another type of certification that energy savy homeowners pursue is Passive House. These homes are so well insulated and make use of passive heating and cooling strategies that they generally don’t need a furnace or air conditioner!
- It is always better if you can design your ductwork in such as way that it does not go into an attic or a crawlspace. Otherwise, you have to contend with dramatic temperature differences and the potential of the ducts leaking conditioned air from the house to the outdoors. For a look at some options to keep ducts within the conditions space, check out this web site www.ductsinside.org
Are you looking for something from the session that isn’t here on the web site? Feel free to send your question directly by email to todd@EverGreenHomeEnergy.com