Additional Resources Amid growing concerns about rising energy prices, energy independence, and the impact of climate change, statistics show buildings to be the primary energy consumer in the U. This fact underscores the importance of targeting building energy use as a key to decreasing the nation's energy consumption.
Our Component Package A high performance, green, custom home involves many different systems and components that must work together in order for the final result to be a success. W Edwards Deming, father of Total Quality Management TQMpopularized the notion that success or failure of a project or process is largely determined by decisions made in the first fifteen percent of that project.
These initial conditions will define the project, and if they are structured correctly, the entire process will run more smoothly and the end result will be a higher quality product.
At Sunlight Homes, we have created a systems-based approach, refined over many years, that is structured to carefully address this first fifteen percent in order to ensure the most consistent and predictable end result. The underpinnings of our systems-based approach is our Component Package.
Our Component Package is a kit of materials, services, and systems that address the most critical aspects of a custom home.
In a nutshell, our Component Package includes our comprehensive design services plus the custom fabricated, insulated, exterior shell of the home. The design and the shell of a home are its most fundamental and critical components.
The Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthships whatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. Very little energy is needed to make a well-designed house comfortable. Appropriate insulation, which is essential for a comfortable house, combined with passive solar design and a draught-proofed building, can create low or even no energy requirements for heating and cooling (see Passive . Passive cooling, solar air conditioning, and other solutions in passive solar building design need to be studied to adapt the Passive house concept for use in more regions of the world. There is a certified Passive House in the hot and humid climate of Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, which uses Energy Recovery Ventilation and an efficient one ton.
These elements will determine if a home is comfortable, attractive, energy efficient and durable. Our Component Package includes the very best in residential design, structural engineering, and energy analysis practices, tailored for the very best building materials available.
We specialize in designing for the components we supply in our package and have developed optimized systems and methods for many different situations.
This combination of services and materials enable us to ensure the most consistent, and highest quality final product. To read more about why we have chosen the materials we supply, please see the Construction section of our website.
To learn more about our design process and philosophy please see the Design section.
For more about the cost of building a Sunlight Home, please visit our Pricing section. Our Component Package Includes: Every Sunlight Home kit includes the following items: Complete custom design services including engineered structural drawings stamped by a licensed structural engineer.
Complete energy calculations and HVAC sizing information Access to our design and construction worksheets and documents. All Sunlight homes can be upgraded to meet your specific design and budget requirements.
After all, they are custom homes! Here are some of the available upgrade options:Passive Cooling Basics: The Energy Source Builder newsletter The reports provide quite a bit of detail on the saving achieved by each energy efficient design feature.
Passive Solar Cooled House in Tropical Areas This is a fascinating house in Leyte Philippines that is passively cooled using a number of unique methods including a double. Classification of passive cooling approaches in energy-efficient buildings (Geetha and Velraj, ), red dashed lines represent the selected approach.
The present study does not intend to cover all these techniques, but focuses on the roof elements that adopt heat dissipation techniques, which have been discussed by Geetha and Velraj ().
Information on passive cooling techniques including ventilation, breeze catchers, soar chimneys, roof ponds. They take maximum advantage of passive cooling when available and make efficient use of mechanical cooling systems during extreme periods.
Climate specific design responses and passive cooling methods are different for: hot humid climates (Zone 1) where cooling only is required Specialist passive and low energy cooling systems have. By taking advantage of local climate and site conditions, designers can often also incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient landscaping strategies.
The intent is to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible, and then meet . Passive solar design takes advantage of a building’s site, climate, and materials to minimize energy use.
A well-designed passive solar home first reduces heating and cooling loads through energy-efficiency strategies and then meets those reduced loads in whole or part with solar energy.
Because of the small heating loads of modern homes it is very important to avoid oversizing south-facing.