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At Bensonwood, our Energy and Sustainability Specialist can help guide you in making all the right choices that are best for your health, your wallet, and the environment.
Contemporary construction is as much about reducing energy use as it is about creating beautiful spaces. Historical energy analysis and ongoing research have led to several refinements in our building systems.
We use solar and energy-use modeling software early in the design process, to get an accurate energy estimate for your project. After the shell is weathertight, we routinely perform blower-door analyses to gauge the airtightness of our buildings.
Some of our available services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Different climate zones require different levels of insulation, and what kind and quantity of glazing will perform the best is dependent on the building’s orientation. By analyzing a variety of different options, we can design a home for you that will use a fraction of the energy of the average American home, saving you money and reducing the negative impacts on the environment.
Comfort, indoor air quality, and utility expenses are important factors in every home. Heating, cooling, and domestic hot water are the primary energy consumers and cause the the most pollution in our atmosphere. There are multiple systems one can use, as well as different fuel sources to service these areas, but which system will bring you the most comfort, lowest energy consumption, and an overall better quality of life is something we can assist you in determining.
What will be the cost of electricity and fossil fuels in five years is something we can only guess at, but one can only imagine that it will continue to get more and more expensive. Investing in a renewable source of energy is one of the best investments one can make for his/her future and the environment.
Our homes easily accommodate solar panels, heated flooring, geothermal and air source heat pumps, and wind turbine renewable energy systems. Most importantly, our homes
are so well insulated and tightly sealed, their diminished energy loads allow for smaller (therefore less expensive) alternative energy systems.
At Bensonwood we can design a building that will use as much energy as it generates, also known as achieving Net Zero energy operation. A building that generates its own source of energy has little to no carbon footprint and provides the owners with financial independence from the escalating cost of energy.
The carbon footprint of a building should be positive, and at Bensonwood we use environmentally friendly products and processes. We have done extensive research into every product and manufacturer we work with, to ensure that the buildings we produce are environmentally friendly. If this is something that interests you, we can work with you to make your carbon footprint as low as possible.
Energy codes, rebates, and other incentives vary throughout the country. Comprehensive research will reveal code requirements, energy certification programs, and tax and financial incentives that could influence specifications of the project. One should be awarded for building a beautiful, energy-efficient, and sustainable building, and we can assist in maximizing the amount of that reward.
A quick and easy way to reduce energy usage is to use efficient products. In a low load, energy-efficient home, appliances and lighting consume a significant amount of energy, but they do not have to. We can help you find products that are functional and attractive, and use a fraction of the energy of other systems. You really can have it all.
We have several projects built to Passive House specifications—an exacting standard that involves precise solar siting, super-insulation, gasket-tight sealing, strategically designed overhangs, and advanced air handling systems that can recapture the temperature and moisture from outgoing air to condition the incoming air.
Several Bensonwood projects have been awarded LEED® certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Our projects achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions, aimed at achieving high performance in the following: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. Over 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 10.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 135 countries.
As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Bensonwood is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today.
The ENERGY STAR label gives you peace of mind, knowing that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification, to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).