in New Construction...
of an Energy Efficient House
the latest addition, an even dozen factsheets are now available that address
various aspects of new construction. The most recent factsheet produced,
Elements of an Energy Efficient House, provides a basic overview of elements
to consider when designing and building an energy-efficient home.
The factsheet summarizes recent technological improvements in building
elements and construction techniques that allow most modern energy-saving
ideas to be seamlessly integrated into house designs while improving comfort,
health or aesthetics. And even though some energy-efficient features are
expensive, there are others that many home buyers can afford.
While design costs, options and styles vary, most energy-efficient homes
have some basic elements in common: a well-constructed and tightly sealed
thermal envelope; controlled ventilation; properly sized, high-efficiency
heating and cooling systems; and energy-efficient doors, windows and appliances.
The Elements of an Energy Efficient House factsheet can be found at http://www.nol.org/home/NEO/home_const/elements_energy_efficient_house.pdf
Other factsheets on new construction issues are: