Could your new home be more energy-efficient?

Posted on: 26 March 2020

Designing your own home offers the opportunity to create a property that is ideally suited to your family lifestyle. You can choose not just the size of each room and their location within the property but also the size of the windows and even the materials used to build your home. While the chance to create your dream home does offer the chance to create a beautiful property, it must be about more than that. Your new home must be somewhere that you will enjoy living in the long-term. Feeling comfortable in a property involves more than just having nicely appointed rooms; it is about all of those little conveniences that people often only notice once they are missing. One of those is energy efficiency.

Why does an energy-efficient home design matter?

No-one likes to pay more than they must to heat or cool their home. Often, people don't even think about their energy bill until they notice that it is starting to creep upwards because their home isn't as energy-efficient as it could be. Designing your own home provides the opportunity to create an energy-efficient home design that will save you money year after year helping you to feel contented in your property long into the future.

How can you create an energy-efficient home design?

When you want to conserve energy, then you must build energy efficiency into your thinking from the very start of your design. Start your consideration with the floorplan of the property. Look for areas that will attract the maximum amount of natural light and ensure that these areas are where you build the parts of the property where you will spend the most time. Rooms that will be brightest in the morning would be ideal as a breakfast room, while those that will benefit from lighter evenings will make perfect living rooms.

How will you build?

Energy-efficient home design must cover the materials used in the construction of the property as well as the chosen layout. Look for materials that have a high thermal mass and find ways to bring them into your building design. The higher the thermal mass of the material, the more it will be able to stabilise the internal temperature of the property and the lower the need will be for heating or cooling equipment to adjust the temperature. Talk to your engineer today about how your new home can be built to fit an energy-efficient design.