At Urban Nest Homes, we love to build homes that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also have purposeful components behind the walls that support lower carbon footprints and sustainability. We take pride in being a socially responsible builder and we intentionally use build science to bring you a high quality home that exceeds expectations in energy efficiency and beyond.
With an energy efficient home, you’ll have a smaller carbon footprint and lower utility bills. See how we’ve mastered energy efficiency at Urban Nest Homes.
The HERS Index
How do you measure energy efficiency in your home? With the HERS Index, the lower the score the better! The HERS Index is the Home Efficiency Rating System used across the country to determine energy efficiency of a house. At Urban Nest, we achieve a lower score by selecting the best in energy efficient options. An existing home on average will score around 130, while the lowest score house by Urban Nest Homes is 46.
In most homes, the HVAC system uses a significant portion of overall electricity consumption. We install energy efficient HVAC equipment in every Urban Nest home. This coupled with programmable Nest thermostats ensures your home has much more efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters give you an endless supply of hot water and use up to 40% less energy than traditional tanks. They are also much smaller than traditional tanks and the Rinnai tankless water heaters we use in every Urban Nest Homes are known for much longer lifespans as well. Did we mention the cost savings? Learn more at Rinnai’s website by clicking here.
Post-tensioned slabs ensure your foundation is strong and flexible. This method of strengthening concrete introduces forces to the slab during the construction process. When your concrete slab is poured, we add tension to a series of steel cables to compress the concrete. Post-tensioned concrete better resists outside forces and pressure from movement in the earth and is less likely to crack and wear with time.
During the framing process, we use materials in a way that allows us to reduce waste and use more insulation to improve energy efficiency. The advanced framing techniques we use result in a structurally sound frame that improves overall home energy efficiency.