Home Building, Homebuilding, New Construction

What Makes a Custom Home Energy Efficient?


Looking to build a custom energy efficient home? At Iverson Homes, energy efficiency isn’t just a trend; it’s a key consideration when we design and build our custom homes. From state-of-the-art construction materials and waterproofing systems to ENERGY STAR certified appliances, our homes are structurally sound, airtight, and environmentally friendly. But what makes a custom home energy efficient, and more importantly, what do you need to know before you build one?

It starts with a solid foundation

To begin, we pour a concrete wall foundation. This ensures walls, columns, and uprights are properly constructed and plumb, increasing the home’s stability from the ground up. It also lessens the chance of water intrusion from over-saturation, as well as resists uninvited pests, fires, and rot. In addition, we use Form-A-Drain ™ foundation systems around the interior and exterior footing of the home. Water flows freely to the sump pump, reducing the risk of a flooded basement during heavy rains or the spring thaw.

High-design meets high-performance

An energy efficient home reduces energy consumption while still providing style and comfort. Iverson homes are designed with high-quality, low energy mechanical performance in mind. Multi-zoned HVAC systems allow customized temperature control throughout the home. Zoned heating and cooling enables the HVAC system to operate more efficiently, extending the life of the unit while saving you money and headaches down the road. We also use spray foam insulation which seals joints, cracks, and holes. This lessens the chance of moisture build-up, mold, and pollutants, as well as eliminates air gaps. This adds an airtight thermal protective seal, providing improved indoor air quality. Finally, we perform state-compliant blower door tests on all our homes and install eco-friendly LED lighting.

Quality widows and doors are key

Minnesotans know quality windows and doors are crucial to maintaining a warm, comfortable living space. Depending on preference and budget, our expert builders recommend two options – Marvin Integrity and Thermo-Tech. Both products are energy efficient and have weather-tight seals. Also, both offer minimal maintenance and security while adding long-lasting style and beauty to the interior and exterior of the home.

Let the experts at Iverson Homes create a comfortable and energy efficient living space that reflects your unique personality and style. Contact us today to learn more about our environmentally-friendly features.