• Newly built homes are smarter for the environment and for your wallet.

Energy Efficient Construction

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Newly built homes are up to 30%more efficient than homes built just 10 years ago.

Newly built homes save 3,449 KWH a year on average.

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Newly built homes save 3,449 KWH a year on average.
  • That’s enough to power your coffee maker
    for 32 years.

  • That’s enough to power your TV for 11 years.

  • That’s enough to power your washer for 4 years.

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Newly built homes have lots of green options.

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  • Solar Panels
  • Rain Collection Systems
  • Xeriscape Lawns
  • Energy Efficient Windows
  • Radiant Barrier Insulation
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ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes and deliver energy-efficiency savings of up to 30%.

Energy-
efficient
mortgages

Energy-
efficient
mortgages:

Qualify for a larger loan when buying a home with “green” features.

Resale Value

Green home certification adds 9%
to resale value.

When you buy a newly built, energy-efficient home, the savings can add up quickly.

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When you buy a newly built, energy-efficient home,
the savings can add up quickly.
  • Save enough to take your family to an amusement park.

  • Save enough to grill filet mignon every weekend for a year.

  • Save enough to buy five ski lift tickets.

  • Save enough to buy two plane tickets
    to the beach.

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See how energy-efficient windows work.

Single-pane windows are less efficient than multi-pane windows
Single-pane window on used home
Modern, multi-pane window on new home

Tax Credit

Solar energysystems qualify for atax creditof 30%of the cost.

Leed-certified
homes save
more than money

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  • LEED-certified homes
    are designed to:

    Lower maintenance costs
    and increase value.

  • LEED-certified homes
    are designed to:

    Reduce waste and
    greenhouse gas emissions.

  • LEED-certified homes
    are designed to:

    Conserve energy and water.

  • LEED-certified homes
    are designed to:

    Be healthier and safer.

  • LEED-certified homes
    are designed to:

    Qualify for tax rebates
    and incentives.

LEED-certified homes
are designed to:

  • Energy star
    refrigerators
    can save you up to $1,100
    over their lifetime.

  • Energy star
    washers can save
    you as much as 7,000 gallons
    of water a year.

  • Energy star
    windows can
    save you up to 31% on your
    utility bills a year.

The HERS Index measures home energy
efficiency. The lower the number, the
more energy efficient your home is.

Used homes have a HERS index around 130

Used Home

Standard new homes have a HERS index around 100

Standard New Home

Energy Star certified
new home

Energy Star certified new homes HERS index between 75 and 0
Hers index chart from 150 to 0
  • 150
  • 125
  • 100
  • 75
  • 50
  • 25
  • 0

Newly built homes are smarter for the environment and your wallet.

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From superior insulation to solar power to sustainable material, many new homebuilders offer energy efficient construction and design. With a growing demand for energy–efficient homes, investing in a newly built home now can mean increased value in the future and lower bills today.

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Energy savings

look for an emerald certification from the national green building standard, and you could have energy savings of over 60%.