Replacing roofing or siding often presents additional opportunities to add insulation.
If your home’s location is particularly vulnerable to high winds, consult with your contractor about specially designed windows, doors, and roofing materials; in the case of new construction or additions, wind-specific construction techniques may be required by code.
Power outages can result from severe weather or other problems with the electric grid. You can install battery back-up power that is dedicated to critical equipment, such as a sump pump and heating system, or a broader range of appliances, such as your refrigerator or stove. Battery back-up systems are available with controls that allow you to power on or off individual circuits as needed during an outage. When you also have your own solar PV system, the battery back-up becomes even more flexible. Consult with your heating system installer to understand how much reserve power your heating system might need to keep your home habitable during an emergency, and an electrician to explore battery back-up options.
Bulk water management
Whether or not you live in a flood-prone zone, employing bulk water management strategies can keep your home dry. Getting water away from your foundation protects against unexpected stormwater and coastal flooding damage, as well as damage over time due to leaks and indoor humidity. Managing groundwater Infiltration and removal systems also protects your basement and the valuable equipment that may be located there.