Low energy house

Although the cost of low energy house building are bigger for about 10% compared to the classic house built, long-term and ongoing savings in energy consumption will make it in the end a lot better and more profitable choice.
Monika Galovic Dumendzic, architect
Published: December 09 2009

Building your own home is a big and important step in the life of every individual not just because of its size, location, or attractiveness, but also because of the construction type, which will define the cost of its use and maintenance.

For most people all they have to worry about is getting a mortgage for their home, they might visit somewhere like
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themselves. It is not however anything like building your own home. There are numerous things to  think about, the materials, location and of course the cost.

Finance is a decisive factor in selecting the best offer, but should consider this decision for a long period, because the current cheaper solutions are often expensive in the end. Choosing low energy house is a typical example of that.

We are witness of global energy consumption rising and World`s desire to minimize it. This spending reduction will positively affect every household, it will reduce the financial costs and simplify maintenance. Low energy houses are real answer on global trends and needs of modern living, in which each individual becomes aware of the consequences of high energy consumption and its adverse impact on environmental protection.

There are several reasons for the selection of low energy houses. The construction of this type of home is much faster than conventional construction, and materials used are environmentally friendly. It is important that the strength, stability and resistance to earthquake meet all the legal parameters set. The walls have excellent sound and thermal insulation, which can achieve good thermal characteristics. That is very important because nearly 70% of total energy consumption is used for space heating. Good thermal isolation of the house will leed to the reduced energy consumption and will reduce the harmful radiation of carbon dioxide in the environment, also lowering the maintenance costs.

For better showing the advantages and savings in low energy house, it is necessary to emphasize that, by professional definition from low energy building standards, it uses only 40kWh/m2 per year, ie 2.7 l fuel oil, and therefore popular called "three liter“. Low energy construction method is applicable to all types of facilities and is used in the construction of residential, public, sporting, educational and other objects. It is important to know that the existing classic objects can be later converted into low energy objects.

For maximum rationalization of energy consumption, the designer of the house need to take into account the optimal layout of the rooms, houses, orientation and size of the glass walls. Spaces such as living room and dining room, where is spent most of the time, it is desirable to orient it and open to the south side creating the greenhouse effect and naturally worming the space through the glass walls. The usage of solar energy to heat the hot water and create electricity is a step further toward low energy concept, in which are the power saving is even greater.

Low energy houses are made of wood as in „Ytong“ systems, as well as masonry with reinforced thermal insulation, etc. For advice, contact specialized companies, which will with its team of experts help you with making good decision about low energy houses!

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