Last week we began talking about the misconception that an eco-friendly house automatically equals a more expensive house, we’ll continue the discussion of ways to make your house more eco-friendly while taking into account your budget and even saving money on your custom home construction.
Identifying Design Details
You and your custom home builder can go through your home design together and work to pinpoint areas in which you can focus. Here are a few to get you started:
Using manufacturer specifications is an area of importance as actual in-field practices and manufacturer’s suggested practices can differ widely. Installing appliances correctly can go a long way to saving you money.
Framed wall cavities should have all six sides enclosed in order to stop air flow through them.
Another area where a little to no extra effort will save you money is your AC and heating ducts, seal them properly instead of using duct tape. Doing this doesn’t take more time, and if you tape them then the duct tape will deteriorate over time causing air leaks to occur.
Speaking of air leaks, you should make sure that all penetrations in exterior walls are sealed with caulk. This should be a no-brainer, but sometimes these things can be forgotten or overlooked.
Insulation around your windows isn’t necessary, instead use low-expanding foam which will fill every crack to ensure that there are no leaks.
Insulation has a few things of which to be aware: Make sure that behind your bathtubs are insulated, it’s usually required but not always carried out in actual construction. Your fire place’s firebox should also be insulated and checked for any leaks. Finally, check that your insulation is extended through all exterior walls and that your exterior plates are sealed with caulk.
Though this is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the ways you can save money in your custom home construction while keeping it eco-friendly, it is a start and can spark some important conversation between you and the experts you are consulting. Your custom home builder can walk you through many more options specific to your needs regarding having a home in south Texas.