Incorporate a Roof Overhang to Curb Energy Cost & Usage

Posted on June 4th, 2015 by

Passive cooling offers homeowners many effective ways to cut cooling costs and reduce energy usage while still maintaining excellent home comfort. One of the most effective techniques of passive cooling recommended by Sage Builders involves shading your windows against sunlight. You can provide substantial amounts of shading by adding roof overhangs and materials to your home. Traditional Porch by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Effects of Sunlight When sunlight comes through your windows, it increases the temperature inside your home. In winter this can be a benefit, but in summer, heat gain from sunlight decreases the comfort level of …
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Practical, Green Ideas for Renovating the Porch

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by

A porch renovation gives you the opportunity to revamp this area into a functional green space using sustainable materials and processes. Here are some ideas for renovating outdoor rooms and porches. Contemporary Exterior by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Use Green Materials: Take advantage of green materials when redoing your porch. Some of the more common choices of sustainable material for a porch renovation include bamboo, cork, wood, and linoleum. Linoleum provides a finish that looks like vinyl. Plastic and plastic-composite lumber provides a strong material that won’t rot or sustain damage from insects like wood. Aluminum is also …
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Passive Cooling Keeps Your Home Cooler for Much Less

Posted on May 27th, 2015 by

Cooling your home with a heat pump or air conditioner is the most familiar way of maintaining home comfort in the summer. However, there are other methods of cooling your home that require less energy and cost less in the long run. Here are some of the passive cooling technology features you can use to reduce cooling costs this year. Traditional Porch by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Install shading: Shading, such as awnings over windows, can reduce the amount of sunlight that enters you home and, as a result, decrease the amount of cooling you need. Put in …
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