Thursday, June 20, 2013

Building America Solutions Center is the place to start your research on energy efficiency, building science and best practices for residential construction and design. Per the site intro:

The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program strives to develop integrated energy systems that dramatically reduce annual energy use and peak energy loads in existing and new homes while also improving overall building quality, comfort, safety, and durability.

Check out the guides, CAD files, details and references for more information. Here are a few images from the site to get your imagination going:

compare advanced and traditional framing techniques

what a well insulated, vented attic looks like

part 1 of flash and batt insulation system

design details based on your climate zone
There are many options and details to choose from and this site can teach a novice and an experienced builder a thing or two about integrated best practices for affordable and energy efficient construction. Explore and share!