Features of Energy Efficient Homes
Learn about the benefits of high-efficiency products, equipment, and techniques for greater savings.
Energy Efficiency Construction Provides a High-Quality Design to Make Your New Home More Comfortable and Longer Lasting
Participating homes of the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program will include many of the following energy efficiency features designed to bring about long-lasting added value:
1. Effective insulation
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the home, as well as reduced energy use and increased comfort.
2. High-performance windows
Energy efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter, and out during summer. Additionally, they block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
3. Tight construction and ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope," and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance.
4. Efficient heating and cooling equipment
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. Properly-sized and installed equipment in a properly-sealed home will not be overworked.
5. Efficient products
Energy efficient homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR® qualified products—lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines.
6. Third-party verification
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.