Solar Water Heaters increase energy efficiency, thereby decreasing electricity consumption and lowering power bills.
Formaldehyde-free cabinetry and insulation improves indoor air quality. Interior finishes are non-toxic. Earthpaint is manufactured from local ingredients in Asheville, NC. Eco-friendly Cabinets are made with plywood and water-based finishes which don't emit hazardous chemicals.
Innovative use of closet space as a thermal buffer maximizes efficiency. In the infrared picture, the closet door on the right is closed while the left is open. The color difference equates to energy savings.
Let in the warming winter sun while blocking the harsh summer sun. This photo, taken in November, shows sunlight warming the master bedroom. During the summer, the sun climbs higher in the sky and the overhangs shade these windows keeping the room cool.
The most effective way to increase a building's efficiency is with proper air sealing. This will keep conditioned air where you are paying for it: inside! Don't spend thousands on other "energy savers" while hundreds slip out through small cracks. A Winter Sun residence exhibits this high level of craftmanship.
Structural Insulated Panels ensure an airtight and super insulated structure. These panels far outperform a traditional stud frame wall and eliminate other problems like thermal bridging in spray-foam construction. A SIP roof brings even greater levels of efficiency and air-tightness.
Conditioned crawlspaces are filled with conditioned air to maintain positive pressure and low humidity levels. This system is superior to a traditional vented crawlspace which allows moisture-laden air to enter and accumulate. All seams are sealed with glue and a radon mitigation system is installed.
Ducts are tested for air tightness. An airtight house demands proper ventilation. Energy Recovery Ventilators bring in fresh, filtered air and blend it with heated and cooled air. This system also helps to manage humidity of the incoming air.
Independent verification of green claims is required for Energy Star and Healthy Built Certifications. Adequate ventilation is extremely important to ensure the health of occupants, maintain comfortable temperature and humidity and maximize energy savings. Tests are performed by Vandemusser Design.