Stay in your comfort zone.

Comfort is hard to define. It seems we only think about comfort when we're uncomfortable.

So when it comes to nailing down what it means to have a comfortable house, it helps to think about it in opposites.

Common house conditions that make us uncomfortable:

  • Too hot in the summer
  • Too cold in the winter
  • Drafts by the windows
  • Stale air
  • Cold floors

So how does your builder solve for these problems in your new house? You make sure it's airtight-with no unwanted air getting in or leaking out.

Here's how a comfortable high-performance home compares with a standard-built new home

High-Performance Home
Standard Home
Thermal Comfort
Insulation
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Properly installed insulation that performs to its labeled R-value
  • Chosen to reduce air leakage
Thermal Comfort
Insulation
STANDARD HOME
  • Improperly installed is insulation materials at minimum code
  • No air sealing
Drafts
Drafts
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Sealed well for reduced air leakage
Drafts
Drafts
STANDARD HOME
  • Not sealed well
Uneven Temperatures
Uneven Temperatures
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • House built as a system for constant temperature from room to room
Uneven Temperatures
Uneven Temperatures
STANDARD HOME
  • Some rooms can be warm, while others are chilly
Humidity
Humidity
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Right sized heating and air conditioning units to remove moisture in the air
Humidity
Humidity
STANDARD HOME
  • Incorrectly sized heating and air conditioning units
Acoustics
Acoustics
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Sealed envelope reduced sound transfer through air gaps
Acoustics
Acoustics
STANDARD HOME
  • Sound transfers through gaps in building envelope