WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE?
Today's building code sets out the bare minimum in terms of how that building is going to perform. Accordingly, many developers and builders conform to these meager standards to save on the cost of construction. At Carbon Busters, we strive toward higher standards that necessitate careful attention during design and construction. Here are some of the ways we stray from conventional building techniques to provide comfortable and sustainable homes.
Drain Water Heat Recovery
Typically, all the hot water we use is lost to the sewer. Considering hot water can account for about a quarter of a homes energy use, there's a massive opportunity for savings there. We attach a heat exchanger to our drainage stacks, allowing us to get about 40% of that energy back.
Smart Heating Controls
Many homes are still heated using furnaces that have one, maybe two rates of output. So, even if the home is only a little cool, the furnace might be burning fuel at the same rate as during a cold February night. Any heating done above the desired temperature is wasted energy.
We use heat pumps with sophisticated control systems that allow them to supply just the right amount of heat.
IS THAT ALL IT TAKES?
Not quite. We also design our buildings with the Sun in mind. We use high performance windows that maximize solar heat gains while providing the best insulation on the market.
We also place overhangs over the windows. This way, the high summer Sun is blocked while the low winter Sun is free to heat the home. Thus keeping both heating and cooling costs down.
Of course, we also make sure every appliance we install is at least energy star compliant. Although, many of our appliances far exceed this relatively low bar. We also make sure all our homes get plenty of daylight to brighten your home. When you do need to flick the lights on, obviously they're all LEDs.