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Whole-House System Approach to Home Renovation

Sep 21, 2015

A whole-house system approach to building or renovating an existing home is the most effective method to optimizing home energy efficiency.

How It Works

The whole-house system approach looks at a home as one complete, integrated unit of interdependent parts all working together in tandem. The result is a highly energy efficient home that generates lower utility and maintenance costs, while providing a more comfortable home environment.

Designing a house using the whole-house system approach consists of performing a number of computer simulations that put together different combinations of variables, and then compare results to come up with the most cost-effective and energy efficient solution. Variables could include:

  • Site conditions
  • Local climate
  • Appliances and home electronics
  • Insulation and air sealing
  • Lighting and day lighting
  • Space heating and cooling
  • Water heating
  • Windows, doors, and skylights

Why Use the Whole-House System Approach

There are number of tangible benefits to building or renovating a home using the whole-house systems approach, including:

  • Reduced utility and maintenance costs
  • Increased comfort
  • Reduced noise
  • A healthier and safer indoor environment
  • Improved building durability

To find out more about the whole-house systems approach and how to make your home more energy efficient, talk to a certified RESNET Home Energy Professional. RESNET professionals are trained in the latest energy efficiency measures and can show you how to save money and energy, while increasing home comfort.