• Energy & Power

Elements of an Energy-Efficient House

You have much to consider when designing and building a -efficient , and it can be a challenge. However, recent technological improvements in building elements and construction techniques also allow most modern energysaving ideas to be seamlessly integrated into designs while improving comfort, health, or aesthetics. And even though some energy-efficient features are expensive, there are others that many home buyers can afford.

While design costs, options, and styles vary, most energy-efficient homes have some basic elements in common: a wellconstructed and tightly sealed thermal envelope; controlled ventilation; properly sized, high-efficiency systems; and energy-efficient doors, windows, and appliances.