Are Energy Efficient Homes Cost Effective?

Trinity Builders-Energy Efficient Home Vail
When constructing a new custom home, design and materials majorly impact cost of ownership for generations. Investing in triple-pane windows and doors, high grade insulation, and premium air sealing can greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs, while also making your home more enjoyable for the whole family. Is it worth it financially to build a highly efficient home over a standard-built home because of the reduction in operating costs?
The overwhelming answer is yes, but the more specific answer is that it depends on several variables. Some energy efficient upgrades have a major cost benefit, while others simply do not. Your local climate conditions is another factor that plays into the equation.
Ryan Dunn, President of the Trinity Builders in Edwards, Colorado says the payback period of upgrading a home to an  custom energy-efficient home over a standard-built house can be down to three years or less in the Rocky Mountains, with the upfront building costs being five to seven percent higher. Custom energy efficient homes require an investment in a variety of building materials and operating systems, some increasing and others decreasing the construction costs. State of the art ventilation,highly efficient hot water heating, upgraded windows and doors, and high grade insulation add to the total cost of construction, while money is saved on the heating and cooling system, according to Dunn.
Custom energy efficient homes with premium air sealing require advanced ventilation systems to circulate outside air, bringing fresh filtered air into the home  and preventing toxic mold from developing. Custom energy efficient homes don’t typically use combustion fuels, such as propane stoves and natural gas furnaces, primarily because the hazardous byproducts from these systems contaminate the indoor air quality. Airtight custom homes with premium air sealing technology allow very little air into the home, thus fresh air from outside is brought in with a ventilation system that recycles heat throughout the home.
All  homes constructed by Trinity Builders in Vail Colorado have premium heat recovery ventilation systems  that transfer over 92 percent of the heat from the exhaust air to the intake air before it finally exits the home. Stagnant  air is efficiently removed from the kitchen and bathrooms and fresh clean air is delivered to the bedrooms and living areas.
Even though an energy efficient heat recovery ventilation system for a custom home may be more expensive than exhaust-only ventilation, it is a mandatory fixture in custom energy efficient homes and reduces the overall utility cost by promoting an optimal level of energy efficiency that would otherwise result in poor indoor air quality and moisture issues without premium ventilation systems. An average standard-built house transfers  air in and out of the home via leaks, exhaust fans and hardware systems.This becomes extremely inefficient when the outside temperature is cold due to the fact that interior heat isn’t captured before leaving the home. The heat recovery ventilation system helps make it possible to do away with a much more expensive and much less effective furnace or boiler by effectively and economically heating intake air with recycled heat from the exhaust air.

Today’s custom high efficiency homes no longer use boilers, furnaces,  as energy efficient electric baseboard heaters can easily heat the home with a huge cost savings benefit. The heat loss of the home is very slight, even in a cold climate like Colorado.
“When it comes to heating your energy efficient home you can go wrong with baseboard heaters,” says Ryan Dunn from Trinity Builders. “You will find that the overall savings far outweigh the upfront construction costs.”

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If you are going to take on a home construction project in Colorado you’ll need to know exactly what you are doing to end up with a great result.Building at high elevation is no easy task so it’s important to play close attention to your  new custom home construction plans.By making sure that you know the custom construction details before you start, you will be ensure of ending up with a result that makes you smile.

The first thing to consider before you starting a new home construction project is how extensive your project is going to be and how much the project will end up costing in the end. This is a crucial step in the process because if you underestimate the amount of work involved, you may end up getting yourself in too deep and end up unable to complete the project on time and under budget. You can generally estimate the total amount of work and construction costs by simply breaking the project up into sections.  By determining the amount of time and labor that each separate job will take; this will give you a great idea as to the scope of your construction project.

After you have all of your details in order, you’ll then want to determine the overall budget for your home construction project. One of the best reasons to take on a home construction job without a professional builder is to cut overall costs and eliminate the middle man. By taking this initiative you’ll want to make sure that you can cover the costs of all of your supplies, and cover your time with the budget  you have allocated to the project.


When you have finally completed the preliminary planning stages, you will be ready to embark on your new custom home building project. The first step that needs to be completed is head to the your local supplier and purchase the proper building materials. Remember, shopping for supplies for a  new home construction project is just like anything else; if you search around long enough you will be able to find a price that meets your budget.

After you have purchased all of your required materials you can finally begin the construction process. Make sure that you have a timeline set out so that you know the appropriate steps to take as you are progressing through your new custom home project. By following proper guidelines, you will be able to gauge your progress while also staying on course so that you can meet your target completion date without breaking the bank.

A  new home construction project in Colorado does not have to be a unpleasant experience. In fact, if you set out all of your details and follow the proper timeline, your new custom home project may even end up being a positive experience and become a true labor of love.