As residential energy codes get more stringent, designers and builders can’t avoid an increasing focus on energy efficiency. So what’s a good way for designers to get a ballpark estimate of future energy bills? One way is to look at the utility bills of a comparable nearby home. In most cases, though, energy-modeling software is used for energy estimates.
[To read more of Martin Holladay’s article from the February/March 2013 issue of Fine Homebuilding, click the link below.]