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.
This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.