High performance home building involves constructing residences that are energy efficient and utilize sustainable building science, high performance technologies, and premium building materials for optimal comfort and environmental impact.
These homes often incorporate superior insulation for airtight construction, efficient HVAC ventilation systems to improve air filtration and indoor air quality, renewable energy sources, and smart technologies to achieve lower energy consumption, reduced utility bills, and a smaller carbon footprint.
Energy efficiency is a hallmark of high performance homes, designed to minimize energy consumption while maximizing comfort. These homes are meticulously crafted with advanced insulation, sealed air barriers, and high-quality windows and doors, creating a tightly sealed envelope that prevents heat loss or gain. Cutting-edge HVAC systems, along with smart thermostats and lighting, further optimize energy usage. Renewable energy sources like solar panels are often integrated to generate clean power, reducing reliance on traditional energy grids. The result is a living space that not only significantly lowers utility bills but also contributes to a more sustainable future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Plus if you're interested, we can help you get your home LEED Certified, Energy Star Certified, or even certified locally with Build San Antonio Green.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is paramount in high performance homes, where innovative ventilation systems like energy recovery ventilation (ERV) ensure a constant supply of fresh air. Similar to an HRV (heat recovery ventilation system) used in northern climates, these systems efficiently exchange stale indoor air with filtered outdoor air, effectively removing pollutants and allergens. ERV systems recover cool air from outgoing air, pre-cooling incoming fresh air in the hotter months and vice versa, reducing energy loss. This meticulous control of airflow guarantees a healthier, more comfortable living environment while maintaining exceptional energy efficiency standards.
Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling in high performance homes are seamlessly integrated through cutting-edge HVAC systems, delivering unparalleled comfort and energy efficiency. These systems can employ advanced technologies such as geothermal heat pumps, radiant floor heating, and zoned cooling to provide precise temperature control throughout the home. By optimizing insulation and utilizing renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, these homes reduce reliance on traditional heating and cooling methods, resulting in reduced utility costs and a smaller carbon footprint. The synergy between innovative design and sustainable practices ensures a comfortable, energy efficient living environment year-round while prioritizing environmental responsibility.