Building Practices

Incorporating energy efficiency into a new home or business requires more planning and effort on the Link to Guidelines for Energy Efficiencyfront end, but it is much more cost-effective than retrofitting. Here are some energy efficient building practices:  

  • Build the home or business so that it faces north or south.  
  • Maximize floor space and minimize overall volume and exterior walls by keeping the shape simple. It will reduce heat gain, heat loss and overall construction costs.
  • Construct energy efficient tees and corners when framing. These enable insulation to be installed at critical points.
  • Apply caulking and foam sealants to seal air voids, such as electrical and plumbing penetrations.
  • Install wood or vinyl, double- or triple-pane, low-e glass windows.
  • Use cellulose or foam insulation instead of fiberglass.
  • Install metal ductwork and seal each joint with duct mastic or mastic tape.
  • Heat and cool with an air-source heat pump or geothermal system.
  • Use radiant barrier roof decking.

For a packet of energy efficiency construction literature, call 501-570-2294 or e-mail Click here to download a PDF. (Get Adobe Acrobat.)