The most inexpensive energy is the energy not consumed in the first place. Design that incorporates high levels of thermal insulation, whole house air tightness, high performance windows, passive solar design techniques and energy saving technologies will create homes that are more energy efficient and comfortable. CertainTeed Building Science gives insight into the cause and effect dynamic between improving a building’s energy efficiency without compromising the buildings indoor air quality or building envelopes hydrothermal performance over time.
Volpe Enterprises, Inc. is able to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable by controlling heat flow. While it is impossible to completely stop the three modes of heat transfer – conduction, convection and radiation – it is possible to slow the rate of energy exchange by increasing the thermal performance of your home’s envelope – foundations, walls and roof-ceiling assemblies – using quality cavity and continuous insulation materials. Freedom from thermal bridging is especially important in improving the overall energy efficiency of your home’s envelope. Thermal bridges are weak points in the envelope that cause unwanted loss of energy usually associated with structural components in the system. Isolating framing from the outdoor environment, especially highly conductive building materials like steel, aluminum and concrete, with continuous exterior insulation systems is critical to performance. Volpe will be able to evaluate your home and recommend improvements that should be made to increase the energy efficiency.
Controlling air leakage is a very important step in improving the energy efficiency and comfort of a home. Installing new siding, windows and doors create a more air tight home and can significantly reduce the seasonal heating and cooling load energy demands on your home. Volpe has the ability to harness or dissipate energy from the sun by integrating passive solar design techniques and active solar energy technologies into buildings that include:
- High solar reflective and thermal emittance roofing systems
- Green roofs
- Seasonal shading systems
- Integrated photovoltaic systems
- Solar thermal water heating
In addition, energy efficient lighting, appliances, heating systems and air conditioning equipment are available to reduce internal loads. CertainTeed Building Science resources provide you with a keen understanding of the laws of building physics – heat, air and moisture flow – that directly contribute to a building’s energy efficiency.
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