At Frontiers Design Build, we take a design first approach. Designing a high-performance custom home must be building science driven, as well as integrated with the other necessary consultants that support a home design. In the industry, this approach is termed IPD (integrated project delivery). All too often, a new custom home is driven by aesthetic style and layout, and the performance elements are an afterthought – at this point, it can feel like trying to ‘fit a square peg into a round hole’. Designing a high-performance custom home requires careful consideration of a variety of factors, including energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and sustainability. Here are some tips to keep in mind when designing a high-performance home:
1. Start with a well-designed building envelope: The building envelope includes the walls, roof, windows, and doors, and it plays a critical role in controlling heat flow and air movement. A well-designed building envelope can help to reduce heating and cooling loads, improve indoor comfort, and promote energy efficiency.
2. Utilize energy-efficient HVAC systems: An energy-efficient HVAC system can help to reduce energy consumption and promote indoor comfort. Consider options such as hybrid forced air furnaces, air source heat pumps, geothermal systems, as well as smart thermostats and energy management systems.
3. Choose energy-efficient appliances and lighting: Energy-efficient appliances and lighting can help to reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. Look for appliances and lighting that have earned energy certifications, which indicates that they meet strict energy efficiency standards.
4. Consider renewable energy systems: Renewable energy systems, such as solar panels or geothermal heating and cooling, can help to reduce reliance on traditional energy sources and promote sustainability. Make sure to properly size and design these systems to meet the energy needs of the home.
5. Incorporate smart technology: Smart technology can help to optimize energy use, improve indoor comfort, and promote sustainability. Consider options such as smart thermostats, lighting and shading systems, and home automation systems.
6. Use sustainable building materials: Sustainable building materials, such as wood, metal and rockwool, can help to reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability. Make sure to consider materials that are durable, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly.
7. Focus on indoor air quality: Indoor air quality can have a significant impact on health and well-being. Consider options such as high-quality air filtration systems, natural ventilation strategies, and low toxicity building materials.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can design a high-performance home that is energy-efficient, comfortable, sustainable, and healthy.
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