Blog > April 2012

Energy Savings From the Outside In



There are a couple items in or on every home that can be overlooked as being contributors to how “green” the home is.

One of these is the roof.

The US spends about $40 billion a year to air condition buildings (6th of all electricity generated in this country). ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products can lower roof surface temperatures by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building and in turn requiring less need for air conditioning.

Custom-Bilt Metals has provided the standing metal seam roof for VISION House Los Angeles. They offer roofing products that are made with Kynar 500® reflective pigments called ULTRA-COOL® which reflects up to 70% of the sun’s energy on lighter colored roofing and saving owners up to 20% on cooling costs.

 Custom-Bilt Metals Titan "Cool Roof" in weatherized copper.

The other area is lighting.

VISION House Los Angeles will display indoor and outdoor lighting by Kichler®. Their Energy Star qualified LED lighting exceeds the standards for efficiency. They provide pure white light (true optics) with no drop off of light and approximately a 40,000 hour life span to L70 (70% initial lumens) – about 15 years of standard operation.

And they are beautiful.


So while energy savings always depend on the design, insulation, climate conditions, building location and building envelope efficiency, having both an energy efficient roof and lighting can only help when your goal is building a “green home”.




Posted: 4/28/2012 12:51:25 AM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments

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Welcome to the VISION House® Blog. Green Builder® Media’s VISION House® Series presents realistic housing options for families andprovides real, cost-effective, sustainable solutions that are appropriate for today’s economy.  Visit the VISION House blog for updates on the construction process and thoughts from the people involved!

Heather Wallace is an avid photographer, sustainability zealot and sports enthusiast. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by trees, mountains and water, she has always been enamored with nature. After earning a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington she now has the privilege of working with a passionate team dedicated to creating a healthier and more sustainable world as the Director of Green Builder Media's VISION House Series.



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