I want to build a new energy efficient house, but am unsure what standards to use. I am familiar with LEED certification, but I don't want to pay for the certification. Are there any government energy standards that I can get for free and give to my builder? thank you
Rena ~ New Bedford, MA
I think a good place to start if you are looking for government mandated energy standards, would be Title 24 for California. You can look up all of the building requirements for meeting Title 24 standards online. It is a very comprehensive set of building specifications that covers windows, HVAC, roof sheathing, insulation, lighting, etc. If you follow these regulations you will have an energy efficient home. Title 24 is a good way to familiarize yourself with building efficiency standards and from there you can go more efficient of less efficient depending on budget and practicality. Good Luck!