When building a custom home in Calgary, energy efficiency should be a top priority. Not only will it save you money on your utility bills, but it will also create a more comfortable living environment and reduce your carbon footprint. As a leading custom home builder in Calgary and Built Green certified, Sunset Homes is committed to incorporating energy-efficient features into our designs and building above code standards. In this blog post, we will discuss some essential energy-efficient items you should consider for your Calgary custom home, along with our commitment to sustainable building practices.
At Sunset Homes, we utilize Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for our foundations. ICF provides superior insulation and air tightness compared to traditional concrete foundations, resulting in increased energy efficiency and reduced heating and cooling costs. Learn more about ICF foundations in our blog post.
High-performance windows and doors
In Calgary's climate, where temperatures can fluctuate significantly, high-performance windows and doors are essential for maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. Look for products with the ENERGY STAR® label, as these have been tested and certified for their energy efficiency. These windows and doors will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, reducing your reliance on heating and cooling systems.
Insulation and air sealing
Proper insulation and air sealing are crucial for an energy-efficient home in Calgary. By insulating your walls, floors, and ceilings, you can minimize heat loss during the winter months and reduce heat gain in the summer. Additionally, air sealing helps prevent drafts and air leaks, further enhancing your home's energy efficiency. Our previous blog on insulation provides more information on the types of insulation available for your custom home.
Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems
Calgary's harsh winters and warm summers make it essential to have energy-efficient heating and cooling systems in place. Consider installing a high-efficiency furnace, heat pump, or radiant floor heating system for optimal energy savings. Additionally, a programmable thermostat can help you manage your home's temperature more efficiently, reducing energy consumption.
Solar panels are an excellent investment for homeowners in Calgary looking to reduce their energy costs and environmental impact. By generating your own electricity, you can significantly lower your utility bills and even earn credits for excess energy fed back into the grid. Check out our guide on solar panels for custom homes to learn more about this energy-efficient option.
Energy-efficient appliances can make a significant difference in your home's energy consumption. Look for ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, to ensure you're purchasing products designed with energy savings in mind.
LED lighting is another easy way to improve your custom home's energy efficiency. These lights use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer, reducing both your energy consumption and maintenance costs.
At Sunset Homes, we perform energy modeling for all of our custom homes. This process allows us to analyze the total energy usage of your home and identify areas for improvement. By optimizing your home's design and incorporating energy-efficient features, we can help you achieve significant energy savings and reduce your environmental impact.
At Sunset Homes, we understand the importance of energy efficiency in custom homes in Calgary. By incorporating these energy-efficient items into your custom home design, you can enjoy lower utility bills, enhanced comfort, and a reduced environmental impact. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you build your dream energy-efficient custom home in Calgary.