Green Building

Energy Conservation and Thermal Envelope

The components that form a structure such as window glazing, wall construction, and insulation, in conjunction with the mechanical systems, determine energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

A building is made of many components and provides the barrier between the outside environment and the interior of the home called the building envelope. This contains the roofing and siding materials, the sheathing and framing materials, the windows and doors, as well as the insulation and foundation of the home. The design of the building envelope can impact the energy efficiency, the indoor air quality, and overall comfort of the home.

These areas are also influenced by the Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. This system is typically the highest consumer of energy in the entire home, so one that is properly designed and highly efficient is critical for energy conservation.

Together these components influence the California measure of building efficiency, a regulation known as Title 24.

Fort Hill Construction believes that healthy, energy conserving homes increase client satisfaction and cost less to operate. We strive to help our clients design homes with this in mind.

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Energy Conservation and Thermal Envelope