ESLH MOTTO IS “BUILD IT TIGHT, VENTILATE RIGHT”
ESLH houses are healthy homes and are tested in ways like never before, to make sure all of the components of the house are working according to design. Duct systems are tested for leaks, boilers are tested to ensure they meet design efficiency. The whole house is tested for drafts. When natural gas is in the house, this is tested right to the combustion appliance to ensure no gas leaks happened during installation. Last, but far from least, is reduction in carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides of our sample home in Eaton’s Neck will have an estimated combined reduced carbon footprint of 10 tons annually.
Now how much did all this cost? Well, prices vary from job to job as well as the variables of residential habits such as the temperatures you feel comfortable in and the hours of electronics being run. This makes it difficult to give a true ROI, but these improvements rarely add more than $15,000 to the cost of construction. Then, subtract the cost savings coming from the reduction in air conditioners needed, add utility rebates and federal tax credits, and your ROI is under three years. As we transform the market place, and all these unique practices become common place, the prices will come down. Therefore, further reducing first cost (historically our estimated savings have been 10% higher than actual savings). Now, even the biggest skeptics question why we have waited so long to include these changes in our new home construction.
A good rule of thumb when deciding where to foam air seal a house will always be the between the conditioned space and unconditioned space.
Example: if your attic is an unconditioned space, place a bead of caulk on the entire top plate. Sheetrock will stop the cold attic air from falling down the walls.
Please refer to our guidelines page where town energy codes are listed