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High Performance Buildings

High-performance homes offer a range of benefits over traditional stick-built homes. These homes are designed and built to maximize energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, and overall sustainability.

High-performance homes are typically built using advanced building techniques, such as insulated concrete forms (ICFs) or structural insulated panels (SIPs), which provide superior insulation and durability.

These homes often feature advanced heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, along with energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, resulting in significantly lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

In addition to the environmental benefits, high-performance homes offer improved indoor air quality and overall comfort, thanks to better insulation, air filtration, and moisture control.

Overall, high-performance homes offer a smarter, more sustainable, and more comfortable way of living, and are a great investment for those who value efficiency, durability, and environmental responsibility.

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Health Benefits

Living in a high-performance home has been shown to offer a range of health benefits compared to traditional stick-built homes. These homes are designed and built to maximize energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, and overall sustainability.

High-performance homes typically feature advanced heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, along with energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, resulting in improved indoor air quality and overall comfort. These homes also have better insulation, air filtration, and moisture control, reducing the risk of mold and other allergens.

By living in a high-performance home, residents can enjoy a healthier and more comfortable living environment, with lower levels of pollutants, allergens, and other harmful particles. This can lead to better overall health and wellbeing for residents.

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Certifications

There are a variety of certifications related to high-performance homes that can provide homeowners with assurance of the home's energy efficiency, sustainability, and overall quality.

One such certification is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is a widely recognized program that promotes sustainable building and development practices.

Another certification is the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates that a home meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Passive House certification is another standard that emphasizes energy efficiency and building performance, with a focus on airtight construction, advanced insulation, and mechanical ventilation systems.

The HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System) provides a rating for a home's energy efficiency, with lower scores indicating better efficiency. A score of 100 represents a standard new stick built home, while a score of 0 represents a net-zero energy home that produces as much energy as it consumes.

Overall, these certifications can provide homeowners with confidence that their high-performance home meets rigorous standards for energy efficiency, sustainability, and overall quality.

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Cost

Building and living in a high-performance home typically comes with a slightly higher initial cost compared to traditional stick-built homes. The advanced building materials and technologies used in high-performance homes can be more expensive, and the design and construction process may require specialized expertise.

However, it is worth noting that stick-built homes are also subject to rising material and labor costs. In recent years, the cost of lumber and other building materials has risen dramatically, making stick-built homes much more expensive to construct.

While high-performance homes may have a slightly higher initial cost, they often offer significant long-term savings in energy bills and maintenance costs. These homes are designed to be highly energy-efficient, with advanced heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, and energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, resulting in significantly lower energy bills.

Overall, while high-performance homes may have slightly higher upfront costs, they can offer significant long-term savings and a more comfortable, sustainable living environment, making them a cost-effective and healthier option in the long run.

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