Although new technologies are constantly be developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and on the natural environment, began Richard Bergman as we toured his latest design at 124 N. Cayuga Rd. in the Village of Williamsville.
The answer is more complicated than you might think — looking at where the energy is produced and then how the energy is measured.
A Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and ecological at the same time. Pasive Houses are heated primarily by the sun, they capture the the sun's energy in the form of heat, using the design and construction of the home itself to eliminate the need for a conventional heat source. Superior insulation, airtight construction, energy-efficient windows and carefully controlled ventilation are essential components of the home's construction.
We install can install I-joists in your home. I-joists are more versatile than open web floor trusses, and more uniform and dimensionally stable than lumber. They are used extensively in residential floor and roof framing.
Leaky homes are hard to heat and hard to cool. Every home has air leaks, but the cumulative amount of leaks can vary widely based on the air sealing efforts. The only way to know whether your home is leaky or tight is to measure its air leakage rate with a blower door. A blower door is a tool which is comprised of a calibrated fan, a mounting system to attach the fan to an exterior door, and a manometer which measures pressure.
Central air conditioning and heating are the top energy consumers in homes, so ensuring the efficiency of your entire HVAC system can yield big improvements in energy efficiency. When we think about saving energy, we usually focus on the furnace and air conditioner units, but a leaky duct system can reduce your climate control system's efficiency 20% to 30%. These leaks can bring unwanted dust, unconditioned outdoor air and humidity into your living space-and take money straight out of your wallet.
One of our Green+ options is to use Superior Walls® system, several of our clients have asked for the extra protection and savings when building their home. The Superior Walls® system has superior warmth and energy efficiency, and meets or exceeds energy conservation requirements from both the 2009 IECC and the 2009 IRC in most climate zones.. Nearly everything is insulated including corners, studs and bond beams.
Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. They don't produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money.
HOW THEY WORK
Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water.
Maybe the notion of turning the Buffalo Niagara region into a hub for solar energy wasn’t such an out-of-the-blue idea after all.
While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is making a big bet on the solar industry through the state’s $750 million investment to build North America’s biggest solar panel factory for SolarCity in South Buffalo, it always seemed like the whole plan was a bit of a geographic mismatch, like making Miami the nation’s center for winter coat manufacturing.
But it turns out that maybe Buffalo and the solar industry have more going for it than it first appeared.
Geothermal energy is continuously produced inside the earth. Geothermal heating units use the earths natural heat to warm and cool your home for sustainable, environmentally friendly comfort. The Earth is like a “solar battery” absorbing nearly half of the sun’s energy. The ground stays a relatively constant temperature throughout the seasons, providing a warm heat source in the winter and a cool heat sink in the summer that keeps your home with constant comfort. The EPA and the U.S.
A brand new system of solar modules has been created specifically for residential rooftops. MiaSolé Flex Series solar modules are lightweight, flexible modules that retain the aesthetic appeal of the roof, provide superior wind resistance and seismic resistance, and don't require any additional structural support.
In November 0f 2015, this system was installed on a residence in Bethpage, NY. Heartland Homes looks forward to investigating whether this solution might work best for you.