Building a sustainable home addition is a great way of expanding the amount of living space in your home and improving its energy efficiency. A Crown Roofing Inc., your trusted exterior remodeling and commercial roof installation contractor, shares tips on planning a sustainable home addition below:
Adopt a Whole-Systems Approach
Adding one green feature to your home won’t make your home energy-efficient. That’s why we highly recommend adopting a whole-systems approach when planning your home addition. This means you should examine the impact of each feature of your home addition—from its roof right down to its windows and doors—on your home’s overall energy efficiency.
Do Your Research on the Essential Features of a Sustainable Home Addition
In particular, you need to do your research on the features that have the biggest impact on your home’s energy efficiency.
Here’s an overview of some of the features you should consider adding to your home addition:
- Low-emissivity or insulated windows – According to the Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows account for 25% to 30% of your residential cooling and heating costs. Installing windows with low-e glass (which reduce the amount of heat from the sun that enters your home) not only improves indoor comfort but lowers your heating and cooling costs.
- Energy-efficient roof – A metal roof is a smart choice if you’re trying to go green. Instead of absorbing heat, they reflect it and in the process lower the strain on your HVAC system. Metal roofs are also 100% recyclable, which means none of the roofing debris will end up in landfills. To learn more about your energy-efficient roofing options, consult a residential roof installation company.
- Solar panels – Solar panels provide clean, green electricity that can help lower your home’s carbon footprint.
A Crown Roofing Inc., a family-owned company with a decade of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including residential roof repair and construction services. To request a quote, call us at (904) 267-1019 or fill out this form.