Part of the process of well-designed and constructed homes is validating through a third-party. We are experts in the design and detailing of homes but testing to ensure it is built well is important. The Brick Modern House is a completely electric home when it comes to heating and cooling, including water heating.
The third-party energy rater asks us for input so they’re able to form a design baseline and then post-construction they perform a draft test to check for air leaks but also to pressurize the house and determine how tight (or not) the house is. Contrary to what one might think, your house doesn’t need to breathe. You, however, do need to breathe.
The approach to get fresh air into a home should be through a designed and measured location, not through random leaks in the exterior of your home. If you’re interested in learning more about this, we’ll have more information to share under our ‘Topics’ tab. For the Brick Modern House, we’ll track the energy usage to provide feedback to our energy modeling that we perform through the design process.