Hi-Performance Home Features
Energy Smart Home Plans (ESHP) are the first pre-drawn, energy-efficient, hi-performance home plans. They can also be tailored to the home-owner’s specific climate zone. We painstakingly design our hi-performance homes to “live bigger,” reducing both construction and energy costs — an ESHP signature feature that is much appreciated by design and cost-conscious homeowners.
The Critical Factor:
For super energy-efficiency, hi-performance homes, we engineer all of the mechanical equipment (AC & Heating) within the homes’ conditioned space. Chases are designed strategically below a vented attic. This planning alone is the biggest contributing factor in our 50-60% energy savings. How is this possible? Simply put, the homeowner is no longer paying to push cooled or heated air through a hot or cold attic spaces.
Additional hi-performance homes feature raised heel trusses that “make room” for adequate ESHP specified attic insulation. Our Advanced Framing 2×6 walls with California Corners yield greater exterior wall insulation while saving 20% of the lumber needed. In addition we have an effective and inexpensive solution to insulating a block wall, particularly suited to hot and humid climates.
You’ll find deeper overhangs and porches to shade the largest windows. We even simplify the roof design to increase it’s “real estate,” for the addition of an optimal power-producing PV Array and/or Solar hot water system.
Hi-Performance homes offer additional benefits: Health, Comfort, Safe, Durable, Resource Efficient & Energy Efficient.
A Key Hi-Performance Feature:
Choosing the right windows can mean success or failure in building a hi-performance homes, so ESHP specifies Andersen Hi-Performance products. Building a hi-performance home with budget windows would be like leaving one open 24/7! We recommend maximizing your home’s performance with the superb 100 Series windows and patio doors.
Is That All I need to have a Hi-Performance Home?
Having a Hi-Performance home is more than just buying one of our Energy Smart plans. It is a commitment to building Energy Smart. If a home is not built with energy conservation taken into consideration it doesn’t matter how the plan is designed. But, if you build smart, which means finding a builder that truly understands the complexities, and modern building methods involved with Hi-Performance homes, your home will perform to your expectations.
If living healthy, saving energy, and enjoying a hi-performance home is important to you then an ESHP house plan is the first step towards reliving that dream.
Building an Energy Smart, Net-Zero Ready Home Plan is a great start towards maximizing your home’s energy-efficiency and even energy independence. ESHP recommends contacting our preferred Building Science Engineer (Home Energy Doctor), or one in your local area. Vitally important to building a Hi-Performance home — a Building Science professional is essential to optimizing the energy efficiency of your new Energy Smart Home.