In this segment of our new construction coverage, we learn more about how to make new construction in Houma LA more energy efficient. Karen Dillard is a Louisiana and National Certified Energy Rater (energy efficiency expert).
In this segment, Karen is going to show us how a contractor can start the process of making our new construction energy efficient. Depending on the size of your home, making your new construction energy efficient can put hundreds if not thousands of dollars back in your pocket in energy cost savings.
As Karen explains, if you’re going to make your home energy efficient, you need to begin in the framing stage by sealing where the sole plate (bottom plate) meets the slab. This can be done in one of two ways. Karen explains both.
Next, Karen explains the right way of framing your windows to help make them energy efficient by sealing out air leaks. She also stresses the need to be sure to seal the area around the windows with foam insulation, designed for windows.
As framing progresses, she will give us additional tips on how to make new construction energy efficient.
Well, the daily downpours we’ve been having just about every day in South Louisiana haven’t let up yet. I imagine my builder has probably lost a couple of days due to rain. We’re still waiting for some dry weather to finish the roof so we can start on the interior and before we can start the brick-work and trim on the outside of our new construction in Houma, LA.
Everyone is getting a little frustrated waiting on the weather to clear, but there’s nothing we can do. Patience is in big demand when you’re building your own home.
In this post, I wanted to show you some more about the framing stage of the home. In this video you’ll learn more about the components of a typical framing wall, including flashing, beams over open areas, window and door headers, and rafters and ceiling joist.
And, I’ll show you more about building to meet the high-wind code here in south Louisiana. We’ll also cover a little about how the walls are attached to the slab and the reason they use plywood clips for the roof decking.
It’s been a while since our last posts, but it spite of all the torrential downpours we’ve been having in South Louisiana, our crew has managed to get our new construction in Houma framed and ready for the next phase.
People usually get real excited at this stage because the house has literally risen from the ground up in only a few weeks. In truth, the framing stage usually appears to be the fastest stage. Once we start with the brick work, exterior trim work and interior of the home, things will naturally start to slow down due to the nature of the work. Finish work takes time.