When building or remodeling a home, the single most important piece of the puzzle is the design behind the build. This is especially true when incorporating energy efficient or environmentally friendly energy alternatives.
There are many benefits to using an architect who has expertise in energy efficient design:
- Conservation of energy
- Environmental protection
- Utility cost savings
- Reducing code and zoning errors
- Taking advantage of federal grants and government tax breaks
What Do You Want?
Planning out exactly what you want from your energy efficient home or renovation is an important first step in the process. To design a home to suit your needs, an architect must have a clear understanding of what you need, as well as what you can afford and what your environment is capable is sustaining. If you don’t know exactly what you would like to include, your architect should have several suggestions.
Consult With a Home Energy Specialist
To find out the best options for your climate, it is a good idea to consult with a certified energy professional. RESNET Qualified Energy Auditors and Raters are experts at home energy efficiency, and they understand how the home works as a system. Bring in the energy specialist early in the process to work directly with the architect.
Building for Energy Efficiency Pays Off Over Time
Building an energy efficient home may cost more initially, but will pay off over time by using more efficient energy sources and reducing energy consumption and waste. Keep in mind that by designing an energy efficient home, you will be eligible for tax incentives, grants and subsidies available for green building.
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