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3 Energy Efficient Home Construction Materials You Won't Want To Miss

by Sheila Vasquez

Building a new home is a significant investment, but one that can be well worth it, if done right. While there are a number of energy efficient materials to choose from, listed below are three with some of the highest energy efficiency and return on investment. Learn more about these materials and the benefits you'll receive by using them in your new home construction.  

Steel Frames

Your home needs a strong frame, which is why it's important to carefully consider all frame options available to you. If you're looking to get away from the conventional wood frame and are looking for energy efficiency, consider steel.

Since January 1st, 2015, over 31,000,000 tons of steel have been recycled – more than paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic combined. Besides being the most recycled, it's also one of the most energy efficient to produce – the U.S. steel industry has cut energy costs by 1/3 since the 1990s. Steel is not only energy efficient, but it also offers many benefits to homeowners, such as its resistance to termites, rot, and mold.

Light-Reflective Roofing

Roofing that reflects light, also referred to as cool roofs, works in the same way a white t-shirt does in the summer. Dark-colored shirts will absorb light, making the wearer of the shirt hotter, while light-colored shirts reflect it, keeping the wearer cool.

Fortunately for homeowners, white isn't the only color option for cool roofs. While white will be the best option (because it reflects both visible and non-visible light), the darker-colored options (which only reflect non-visible light) will still keep your home cooler than regular roofing options.

Insulation

While there are different types of insulation, the most effective kind of insulation is the one that fills all of the cracks and offers your home protection from the elements.

Spray foam is an excellent insulation option for new home construction. This type of insulation is air sealing, meaning air cannot travel through it. This prevents drafts coming in, and heat or air conditioner going out. When properly installed, this insulation can have significant energy cost savings and durability.

While many of the options listed above cost more up front, the savings in energy costs alone will mean you can see a return on your investment within a number of years. To learn more about these and other energy efficient construction materials, contact a local home construction company like Uskoa Construction LLC who has experience with energy efficiency home construction. 

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