Achieving high levels of energy efficiency during construction or remodeling of a home requires careful planning, attention to details, and skilled workmanship.
In-the-know home performance professionals will use a whole-house systems approach to develop a successful strategy for incorporating maximal energy efficiency into a project. This approach considers the interactions between the occupant, the building site, the climate, and among the elements or components of the home.
Practitioners who use this approach recognize that the features of one component in the house can greatly affect other components, which ultimately affects the overall energy efficiency of the house. For example, adding a more powerful hood over a stove can interfere with a home's entire ventilation process, which in turn cost you more energy and compromise safety and comfort.
These are some benefits of using a whole-house systems approach:
- Reduced utility and maintenance costs
- Increased comfort
- Reduced noise
- A healthier and safer indoor environment
- Improved building durability
These ideas are brought together in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, a national program from the U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA.