April Is New Homes Month
As the home building industry celebrates New Homes Month in April, research shows that new homes often feature higher energy performance and greater durability.
Analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals that, in general, the newer a single-family home is, the more efficient it is compared to older homes of the same size.
“Builders are using the latest technologies to reduce household energy consumption,” said Sean Sullivan, NCHBA President. “From improved insulation to energy-efficient appliances, new homes offer consumers the opportunity to reduce their energy use and support a cleaner environment.”
A newly-constructed home or condominium can offer energy-efficient features, such as tankless water heaters and ENERGY STAR appliances and HVAC systems, which make the home more comfortable and can save the home owner significant money over the long term.
At the same time, an increasing number of single-family and multifamily builders are delivering green homes to consumers who are looking for even more sustainable features. Green builders incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects.
A 2014 McGraw Hill Construction-NAHB report shows that 62% of single-family builders say more than 15% of their projects are green. Likewise, 65% of builders report using renewables with at least some of their projects.
Consumers cite lower energy use and saving money as the top two reasons they request green homes. Other reasons include better comfort, better health and better for the environment.
Learn more about green building and access the full green building report at nahb.org/green.
NAHB’s analysis on energy usage is based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Residential Energy Consumption Survey. The NAHB report can be found on HousingEconomics.com.
To learn about homeownership opportunities in North Carolina, contact a local home builders association in your area.