19 Oct '12, 8pm

Planning a New Home: Where to Spend the Money?

A tight, well-insulated building envelope Exterior components of a house that provide protection from colder (and warmer) outdoor temperatures and precipitation; includes the house foundation, framed exterior walls, roof or ceiling, and insulation, and air sealing materials. is fundamental to a high-performance house. So is a heating and cooling system that keeps it comfortable with a minimum input of energy. What happens when the construction budget can’t handle the added costs of high-quality windows and extra insulation as well as high-efficiency mechanicals? That basic question is what’s plaguing Dave W as he works to complete plans for his new home. “Which would you recommend for spending $$ on first: better windows and insulation to reduce heating/cooling requirements, or higher efficiency systems (including geothermal) to reduce costs for meeting the requirements?” ...

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