Understanding Key Factors in Energy-Efficient Home Construction

According to research from NAHB, nearly half of home buyers are willing to invest between $1,000 and $10,000 in order to save $1,000 annually on their utility bills, and 37% are willing to spend upward of $10,000. But do prospective homeowners know what an energy-efficient home is and the terminology surrounding the types of building practices and features they are looking for?

An energy-efficient home is one that uses less energy than a traditional home without compromising service to owners and occupants. Energy efficiency can be achieved through improved thermal envelopes, solar-oriented construction, low-e windows and efficient appliances.

Programs that measure energy efficiency include:

  • National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
  • ENERGY STAR
  • Enterprise Green Communities
  • Green Globes
  • Living Building Challenge
  • LEED

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