Building a home is always costly. With a High Performance home, things can get really pricey and you may feel that certain things you want are quite simply out of reach. However don’t write them off just yet!
There are a number of ways around building a high performance home whilst on a budget, and you’ll be surprised at how much money you might be able to save.
Plan Plan Plan
You need to take the time to plan your home. Spending time at the beginning could really help to keep costs as low as possible and to save from spending unnecessary money later in the process.
You should always meet with your builders and anyone else involved in the process to discuss exactly what you want and make clear where your priorities lie. Lay out your budget and keep things realistic – the last thing you want is to be overstretched financially as this will cause intense stress for all involved.
Make sure you do your research, or employ those who have. There are always new and innovative products on the market to help create high performing homes on all budgets so often it can simply be a matter of staying alert to new developments.
Time again this is found to be a really crucial part of any high performing home. You can have the very best insulation but if you haven’t got airtightness then you can lose all of the benefits of a comfortable home.
Making your home air tight doesn’t need to break the bank. Identify any areas where air is leaking such as:
- Door frames
- Roof frame
Once you know where the air is being lost from, you can have these areas taped or caulked up immediately.
Using 600mm centres for framing elements is an extremely efficient way to install more insulation and use less timber. It’ll be easier for plumbers and electricians to work with, plus it doesn’t affect how structurally secure the building is.
Other options are avoiding corners and windows with mass collections of studs. You’ll find this brings the added benefit of better thermal control and a reduction in the amount of sound transmission.
Spend on Windows
You really should look to invest in windows, regardless of budget. Whether you simply upgrade to double glazing, or you go all the way with smart windows which result in less HVAC, it’ll certainly be an investment you’ll see a result from immediately.
If the installation and up front costs are putting you off, be reassured that this will be offset by the savings you’ll make in energy bills long term.