Eco Remodel Home Improvement
Most buildings already constructed were built without undo attention placed on energy or water efficiency. One of the best investments a person can make is to modify an existing structure to suit their needs for the future. Remodeling should be done in a eco-friendly way, as the structure will exist for many years to come. An eco remodel of your home can cost more upfront, but the energy saving for the long term will more than pay that investment back.
Is Eco Remodel Right For Me?
Solutions and Products for Eco Remodel
Insulation applied properly can decrease the AC requirements therefore saving money and materials for the life of the structure.
High Efficiency windows with modern glazing techniques greatly reduce heat entering and leaving the building, reducing the load on the AC equipment.
Allowing the sun to enter your home during the day, adding (sky lights or solar tubes) is a remodeling tool that adds natural light, decreasing the need for electric light.
Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems save energy for heating your water and should be consider in every eco remodel strategy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What would be my best first Eco Remodel project?
Improving the thermal envelope of your building.
What would be the best ways for me to improve the Thermal envelope of my building?
Repairing air leaks between conditioned and unconditioned areas should be a top priority. Efficient windows and doors, sealing and weather stripping passages between outside and inside and blocking heat transfer from the attic space to the living space quickly will be noticed in energy bills.
Do I need to replace my roof before installing solar panels on an eco remodel job?
If your roofing material has more than 5 years of life in it, don’t wait to install a solar energy system. If you need to replace your roof and want a renewable energy system, spend the money to install a roofing material type that reduces the number of penetrations needed to attach an array to your home.
What type of roofing would you recommend for best energy savings?
Light colored, standing- seam metal or a light colored roof coating. If installing concrete, clay or stone roofing, install the mounting devices for a solar array to the roof deck before installing the roofing product of your choice.
What type of insulation would you recommend we use for attic and walls?
We recommend closed cell foam for attics and open cell foam for walls. We recommend a blower door test to prove the tightness of the building before the insulation contractor is finished your eco remodel of your home.