Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

Answers To Your Questions About Net-Zero Sustainable Building

If you are considering the purchase of a net-zero sustainable home, then you need to understand the building techniques and materials used in its construction. 

Here is a list of the most common questions about net-zero sustainable homes:

What is Net-Zero Sustainable Home?

A net-zero sustainable home is a residence that was built using specialized building materials and construction techniques. The home is so well insulated and air-tight that it does not require heating or cooling, except very occasionally. Additionally, the building is made of sustainable building products that do not harm the environment in their manufacture or disposal.

Net-zero sustainable homes are built with special features:

  • well-insulated exterior walls
  • specialized roofing materials
  • rigid foam insulation
  • moisture barriers

Additionally, net-zero homes have all of their duct work very well sealed with tape and mastic at every single joint. This helps to eliminate air leakage and power waste.

Do Net-Zero Sustainable Homes Look Different?

No. You might be surprised to learn that a net-zero sustainable home appears the same as any other home from the outside. After all, most of the energy-saving materials are within the walls of the home. The only caveat to this is that many sustainable homes will have solar panels installed on the roof. This power is used within the home, and often to heat swimming pools.

How is the Exterior of a Net-Zero Built Home So Well Insulated?

Zero-net homes use a different building material configuration to prevent exterior heat and cold from entering the living space of the home. Where the interior temperature of a traditionally built home will fluctuate depending upon the outside weather, a net-zero home will not. This is because net-zero construction uses a combination of the following materials to completely seal-out the outdoor weather:

  • 2' x 6' studs for additional insulation space and less wood
  • plywood sheathing
  • a continuous, plastic air-moisture barrier from foundation to roof peak
  • plastic insulated sheathing to insulate exterior studs
  • sustainable, insulating siding materials

In addition, the roof of a net-zero home will be made of an insulated plastic material which prevents heat and cold from entering the attic space.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have a better understanding of the building techniques and materials used in the construction of net-zero sustainable buildings, you can make a better purchasing decision.

If you are interested in learning how you can build or retrofit your own home using net-zero sustainable building, then you should speak with a building contractor in your local area. To learn more, contact a company like Wilson Buildings.

About Me

Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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