energy efficiency in Upper Midwest
Hi--there is so much expertise here that I will post a question and hope it sparks a response. My apologies if this has been asked before. I can't find a region-specific recommendation.
We are planning to build a new home in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. It will have two upper stories and a walk out basement totaling 3000 square feet. The back of the house faces directly east and includes the most windows (kitchen/dining room and living room). We are still in the planning stages and would welcome any ideas to maximize energy efficiency.
Many of the ideas I find on this site seem designed for warm climates with an emphasis on cooling the house. We need to cool for just three months of the year and heat for the others.
We are considering these options, thanks to the information gleaned on this site. Do you have other ideas for the Upper Midwest? Any comments about cost/benefit?
Only one window facing north
Overhangs for winter (solar gain) and summer sun (shading)
2 X 6 construction with lots of insulation and minimum gaps/leaks
Solar water heating
Fans/ cross ventilation and a way for hot air to rise and exit the house??--does this apply to Green Bay?
Solar roof tiles or some other form of solar heating--what works here?
HVAC zoning with programmable thermostats
Energy efficient appliances, water heater, furnace, air conditioning
Point-of-use heater for the more distant bathroom water supply
Many thanks for any help!