Construction Techniques for Energy Efficient Buildings

Construction of energy efficient buildings is a sure way to reduce the amount of money required to maintain buildings. Currently, construction companies are using certain techniques to make buildings more energy efficient. Here are examples of such techniques.

LED Lighting

In the past, halogen lamps and incandescent bulbs were the most preferred options. However, contractors and property owners are installing LED lighting in modern buildings. These are paying off in the long run by reducing the cost of maintaining lighting systems in buildings. LED lighting offers the same light with its predecessors while producing minimal energy in comparison to their older options. Energy reduction leads to reduced monthly bills and the need to replace bulbs more frequently.


When air escapes via the openings of a building, the HVAC system is put under pressure. This leads to an increase in monthly energy bills. But, when a building is constructed using insulated concrete form, the resulting structure is more insulated. This eliminates drafts. The insulated concrete form uses blocks of polystyrene foam that has been expanded and cut to specifically fit some areas. This precision enables the blocks to snap together with ease and create an impenetrable seal. This makes a building more energy efficient while providing protection against the harsh weather and fire.

Day Lighting  

Day lighting works with LED lighting to ensure that more natural light enters a building during the day. Contractors use single-paned glass, though there are double and triple-paned options, to ensure that more light enters a building during the day. These techniques may include use of passive solar designs and skylight.

HVAC Options

Contractors use energy efficient HVAC systems to addresses concerns like air intake with notions like having an adjustable setting for the exhaust hood. This leads to reduced heating and cooling when there is little activity. Although initial installation of energy efficient systems costs more, the long-term cost savings that follow are worth the investment.

Plumbing Concerns

There are plumbing strategies that can be used to reduce utility bills. They include installation of wireless consumption monitors that enable a property owner to stay updated on utility usage. Installation of low-flow toilets and faucets can also help save water.

If you have an upcoming construction project, discuss these construction techniques with your contractor to end up with a more energy efficient building.