Issues in New Construction...
Elements of an Energy Efficient House

With the latest addition, an even dozen factsheets are now available that address various aspects of new construction. The most recent factsheet produced, Elements of an Energy Efficient House, provides a basic overview of elements to consider when designing and building an energy-efficient home.

The factsheet summarizes recent technological improvements in building elements and construction techniques that allow most modern energy-saving ideas to be seamlessly integrated into house 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 well-constructed and tightly sealed thermal envelope; controlled ventilation; properly sized, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; and energy-efficient doors, windows and appliances.

The Elements of an Energy Efficient House factsheet can be found at http://www.nol.org/home/NEO/home_const/elements_energy_efficient_house.pdf

Other factsheets on new construction issues are:

Design/Construction

Heating and Cooling

Landscaping

Water

Windows

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