Driven By Net-Positive Building Science Standards

The team at Sutter Homes is dedicated to learning the rigors of modern building science through consistent education via podcasts, articles, seminars, and third-party certifications. Every Sutter Home meets or exceeds modern building science standards.

While The Department of Energy is requiring all new homes built to be Zero Energy Ready by 2025, Sutter Homes has been ahead of and leading the industry for over a decade.

Building Science Principles

“One of the fundamental principles of building science is that buildings must be suited to their climate. When they’re not, problems can ensue. Maybe it’s just that they’re not as efficient as they should be. Maybe it’s worse. Put plastic between the drywall and framing of your exterior walls in Ottawa, and it can help control vapor drive from the interior air and its associated moisture problems (rare in all but except in extremely cold climates). Put that plastic in the same place in Georgia, and you’re going to rot the walls.”
—Dr. Allison Bailes, III

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Understanding Climate Zones

Climate Zones are divided up based on temperature and moisture. A 1 in North America is the hottest, while an 8 would signify the coldest parts. Think Southern Florida versus Northern Alaska.

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Considerations For Climate Differences

Understanding climate zones and how the environment affects an infrastructure is vitaly important to ensuring that building’s efficiency, durability, and low-to-nothing maintenance costs. Learn more by listening to this podcast. For more web content, visit this article at

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