When you’re in the market for a new home, there are a lot of decisions to make. The biggest is often whether or not to buy an existing home or build new. If you’ve considered building your own home, you might be surprised to learn that all new homes are not automatically energy efficient. We often associate “brand new” with safe, economical, and effective; pairing that with the initial cost to purchase a home, we are driven to compare new homes by price tag and floor plans alone. The problem with this is that the purchase price of a home doesn’t paint a full picture and fails to take into account the quality, energy savings, and total cost to own the home.
Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse
If you are thinking about building a new home, a lower price tag can be tempting, but it could also lead to higher monthly expenses. New homes are built better than they used to be, and, thanks to modern building codes, they can be more energy efficient, compared to existing homes. But even though newly built homes can shave a bit from the energy bill, many still come up short when it comes to things like insulation and air sealing, which, in many cases, is either not sufficient, is not properly installed, or both. Unfortunately, many new code-built homes take shortcuts in these measures, which can unnecessarily add to the cost of ownership and reduce durability over time.
Build Green, Save Green
With an EfficiencyCrafted℠ Home, you can build your new home with the peace of mind that you will enjoy lower energy bills, increase your comfort level, and own a home that holds its value–all while creating a safer place to live. In fact, EfficiencyCrafted Homes are built to a higher standard and are required to pass a rigorous inspection from a qualified, independent energy rater certified under the Home Energy Rating System® to help assure you’re getting maximum energy efficiency, savings and value. Energy efficient homes come with several built-in benefits, such as:
- Lower energy bills – ECH homes use less energy than code-built homes.
- Improved comfort – From the minimization of leaks and drafts through an innovative use of insulation, advanced sealing techniques, to high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, each piece works together to provide year-round, wall-to-wall comfort.
- A healthier home. Ventilation systems help improve air quality, reduce humidity, and remove odors. Less moisture and allergens in the air mean you can breathe easier.
Breaking Ground on Your Dream Home
So, how can homebuyers find a home that isn’t all shine and no substance? Take the first step and find a builder committed to complying with nationally recognized standards for energy efficient construction. Participating builders combine high-performance equipment and building practices with independent testing and verification to ensure quality and savings for decades to come. Every family is unique, so your home should be built to match. A custom-built home allows the house of your dreams to manifest into the reality of a home built just the way you want it. All in all, moving into a new home can certainly be a huge decision, but building an EfficiencyCrafted℠ Home puts the power of control in your hands, every step of the way.