Building Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficient homes are a sparkling example of applying creative thinking for developing environmental friendly communities.

These houses are built by paying special attention to the construction details and various other elements of the house – all serving to cut down on the total energy consumption. This approach has a number of environment-friendly implications.

First, it helps conserve the energy budget of our ecological system.

Secondly, it prevents environmental damage that is caused by the emanations of pollutants associated with the consumption of some fuels. This in turn signifies better health. In addition, energy efficient houses save a good deal of money that is spent on paying for the energy required to run homes. It is important to mention that, according to studies on community development, the money thus saved becomes a source of generating wealth within the community.

Energy efficient homes vary in the number and style of elements employed in their construction and operation. Central to all of them are some basic features like:

•    Minimization of Heat Transfer
•    Proper Ventilation
•    Efficient Cooling and Heating Systems
•    Use of Energy Saving Appliances

Besides the advantages to environment and community development mentioned above, energy efficient houses have generally been found more comfortable, especially in terms of temperature stability and desirable levels of humidity. The passage of air in and out of the house is kept at an optimum level by specialized insulation techniques.

For lovers of quite environs (and who isn’t these days), energy efficient construction of houses also filter out most of the noise and keep the inside of the house peaceful. The main disadvantage of building these kinds of houses, at this point in time, is the high cost of construction. Also, the constructor needs to be experienced in handling such projects – something not yet very common. However, energy efficient houses do pay in terms of environmental amelioration and quality of domestic life, once they stand completed.

In the 21st century, the use of advanced computer technology promises cost-effective solutions to some heretofore costly procedures involved in the assessment of a particular area for constructing energy efficient houses.

This includes recording and processing of data relating the suitability of the location, mapping of the buildings, and limitations that need to be considered before squaring out for construction. For the green living motto of environmental friendly communities, energy efficient houses literally instantiate the (modified) adage of