eBuilt homes by Essex use 25-35% less energy than a typical new home. That’s a lot of energy savings which is good for everyone... even those who don’t live in eBuilt homes. Reducing energy consumption leaves more in reserve for the future. AND, you’ll save a nice chunk of money on your monthly utilities. Who doesn’t want that?
An air barrier is an air tight seal which eliminates connectivity between two spaces such as living space and the attic. When open cavities such as columns, arches, architectural details, etc. do not have a proper air barrier, air and heat can transfer from space to space.
Advanced house framing, sometimes called Optimum Value Engineering (OVE), refers to a variety of techniques designed to reduce the amount of lumber used and waste generated in the construction of a wood- framed house. These techniques also improve a home's energy efficiency.
Advanced framing techniques create a structurally sound home with lower material and labor costs than a conventionally framed house. Additional construction cost savings result from reduced waste disposal, which also helps the environment.
Advanced framing actually replaces lumber with insulation material and maximizes the wall that's insulated, which improves the whole-wall thermal resistance or R-value.
Window technologies have advanced dramatically. Heat gain and loss through windows accounts for up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling needs. Many technological improvements have been made in recent years that have advanced the insulating quality of windows.
CFL bulbs can replace incandescent bulbs that are roughly 3–4 times their wattage, saving up to 75% of the initial lighting energy. CFL bulbs also last about 10-times as long as traditional bulbs.
On-Demand (tankless) water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed. They don't produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money.
Many people think a larger heating & cooling sytem will provide increased efficiency. However, an oversized air conditioner is actually less effective, and wastes energy at the same time. Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from the air. If the unit is too large, it will cool the room very quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This leaves the room with a damp, clammy feeling. A properly sized unit will remove humidity effectively as it cools.
Radiant barrier roof sheathing is installed in every eBuilt home to reduce summer heat gain, which helps lower cooling costs. The barrier is made of a highly reflective material that reflects (or more specifically, re-emits) radiant heat rather than absorbing it keeping your attic much cooler.
A home that is not properly insulated is less energy efficient, more harmful to both the environment and the family living in it, and has higher energy costs.
To ensure the best value for your money, and the best energy saving features available, every eBuilt home is independently tested by a third party...not by Essex Homes.
Here's the process we follow...