What is a high performance home? Currently, there is no one industry-wide definition. Some define them as homes that set a higher standard for efficiency and sustainability, while others focus on comfort, air quality, and durability. To us, a high performance home is defined as one that utilizes scientific methods in their design.
Performance From Top to Bottom
High performance homes increase energy efficiency, air quality, and provide health benefits a standard home won’t. This is because they are built with the latest advancements and innovations in the building sciences world top of mind.
It all starts with the building envelope, a term that refers to all the barriers that separate the inside from the outside: the roof, foundation, windows, doors, and outer walls. These elements work together to keep the conditioned inside from escaping to the unconditioned outside and vice-versa. So when your air conditioning system is working to cool your home, for example, it is not battling external Florida heat and humidity to do its job!
High performance homes are built with a tight thermal envelope. This improves efficiency and lowers energy and climate control expenses. At the same time, it improves indoor air quality and keeps your household members comfortable.
Not all new home construction is energy efficient, nor are all new homes truly high performance. Utilizing scientific methods, advanced construction techniques and materials, and creating a tight thermal envelope makes the difference. In fact, Synergy Homes’ Gold and Platinum Series homes are up to 50% more efficient than average new construction.
The Advantages of a High Performance Homes
When you are buying a home, you’ll notice that high performance models are built with a range of different advantages in mind:
Save on Energy Bills
A high performance prospect may offer very reduced energy costs because it’s so efficient. This is achieved through scientific design, material choice, use of natural light, and appliance choices that can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. You enjoy the same lifestyle, but the design means that that lifestyle is kinder both to your wallet and the environment.
Reduce Health Concerns
High performance hypo-allergenic homes are comfortable for family members with allergies or medical conditions. By choosing specific materials that reject both allergens and microbes, and that don’t off-gas volatile organic compounds, a home can be made much healthier for your loved ones and guests.
Durable Materials Won’t Need Replacement
Many materials will last decades longer if you make the right choices – and they may not necessarily be more expensive. This saves you money, especially if you’re planning to pass the house on to your children – you won’t have to make expensive material replacements down the road.
Building in Value
Remember that high performance homes will also build and retain value more effectively. If you may sell the home in 20 or 25 years, advanced design, technology, and high performance will be expected.
A high performance home built today will have incredible value on the market, setting up a wonderful nest egg. A low performance home will have to be upgraded, or sell at a reduced price, and won’t provide the same kind of value for your investment down the road.
High Performance Homes: Living Well
High performance homes are fit together like high performance cars. The parts are better, the design is more sound, and they will last longer. The big difference is that upkeep is actually less expensive than on a standard home. Buying a home means buying all it’s problems, too – or all its advantages. It’s worth it to invest in a home that will save you money, guard your health, that will last, and that will build in value.
Whether you’re looking for new construction homes for sale in West Palm Beach, FL or searching for Treasure Coast, Florida homes for sale, you’re sure to find high quality, high performance homes built by Synergy Homes. Contact us today to learn more!