If you own an older home, getting to net zero, where all of the energy used to operate your home is offset by renewable energy generated onsite, may seem nigh impossible. But net zero is just around the corner for new home construction, and energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important when it comes to renovating older homes.
Key features of energy efficient homes include well insulated, air tight construction, high tech low emissivity (low-e) glass windows with improved hardware and foam-filled vinyl or fibreglass frames and sashes, and high efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems.
Not sure how well insulated your home is? In addition to high winter heating bills and even higher electricity costs in the summer months, signs that your home is poorly insulated include:
In the winter
- Icy cold exterior walls
- Loose wallpaper, with mold or mildew on plaster underneath
- Chilly floors, especially near outside walls
- You can almost see your breath when you get up in the morning but your main floor toasty warm
- Drafts around windows and doors
- Cracks of sunlight peaking through between exterior doors and jamb
- Tiny snow drifts in the front hall
In the summer
- Second floor is hot and stuffy when it’s warm out, and cools off very quickly as the outside temperature drops
- Air conditioner runs overtime
- Damp, moldy basement
If you’re nodding your head knowingly but you don’t have the time or knowledge to oversee an energy efficient renovation project yourself, we should talk. The Mindful Footprint, a division of PCPM Construction Management, specializes in Energy Efficient Renovation Consulting for Vintage and Century homes. We’re your Mindful Home Renovation Strategist.
We know residential construction inside and out. With our expertise, we can anticipate risks and help you navigate the uncharted territory that lies ahead when you (or your contractor) start opening up walls or removing old windows and doors.
But unlike a contractor, we have nothing to gain from choosing one sub-contractor over another, or one supplier or another. We work for you and you alone. We are your advocates on the job site. We can explain your options in plain language and guide you toward the best strategies for your situation.
If you’d like to learn more, give us a call.