Residential Geothermal heating and cooling systems are more common as the technology in this field expands and becomes more cost effective. Geothermal is actually the oldest way to heat and cool your home. This technology uses the cooler temperatures naturally found 300/400 feet below the surface to create consistent comfortable air for your home. These systems function just like conventional HVAC systems using wall mounted thermostats but can use up to 50% less energy. ARS is one of the only Certified Geothermal installers in the Virginia Piedmont region. Don't be fooled by others who claim to be experts in Geothermal! Visit the ARS website or call us to learn more about this technology.
There is no better way to achieve a tight building envelope than using SIPs on the exterior walls and roof of your project. Usually, SIPs are priced about 10-15% more than conventional "stick framing" With the increasing price of lumber in 2021, SIPs construction is actually less expensive than conventional framing. Meaning you get a more efficient house for less using SIPs. Follow the link below to learn more about SIPs from the SIPA website.
A high performance house is a much more accurate, measurable, and definable term than “Energy Efficient.” A high performance house is a house that uses a heating and cooling system to its upmost efficiency. This means, keeping the warm air indoors during Winter and cool air indoors during Summer. While at the same time ensuring controlled fresh air ventilation. We strive to produce a very high performance house on every project using Blower Door Tests.
There are many ways to use solar energy in residential building, whether you install solar panels on the roof or use a solar array on the ground they are both very effective in reducing your energy bills. All local power companies assist us in "net metering" which is offsetting your electric bill with the energy you collect. We have worked with Sigora Solar on a few of our Net Zero homes.
The actions while building a home can make as much difference as the materials and technologies used to construct it. We use these BEST practices during construction:
This a commonly used term associated with a home that produces more electricity than it uses. In practice this can only be achieved with the use of solar or wind technology and must be combined with a tight building envelope and efficient HVAC. T&M Contracting has built Net Zero in the VA Piedmont area and has the knowledge and expertise to make your project Net Zero.