Green building, or building using resource-efficient products and methods, is becoming increasingly more popular in the United States. Last year, according to McGraw-Hill Construction estimates, green building represented an estimated 2%—or $7.4 billion—of the residential construction market.
Within the next decade, green building technologies will take a prominent position in all new homes. Whether it is in the form of energy-efficient appliances or climate specific landscaping, green technologies are poised to take their place among the most sought after options in new home construction.
There are several benefits to buying an EnergyKey home:
Lower Utility Costs:Using energy-efficient building methods and products can dramatically lower your utility costs, saving you hundreds of dollars each year. For example, building to the Star EnergyKey level (ENERGY STAR) can save $200-$400 in annual savings compared to standard homes.
Tax Break:Currently, the IRS is offering tax credits for homeowners who use certain energy efficient products.
Increased Comfort:An EnergyKey home can help protect against cold, heat, draftiness, moisture, pollution, and noise. By maintaining a constant temperature, your home will run more efficiently, reducing pollutants and giving you a more comfortable living space.
Environmentally Sound:In addition to protecting your family from pollutants, an EnergyKey home can also help protect the environment. Using green building methods, such as working around the natural landscape rather than clearing it out altogether or cutting down on pollutants, can benefit the environment.
Better Resale Value:When you’re ready to sell your home, being able to list it as an EnergyKey home will increase your home’s value and appeal to prospective buyers.
The EnergyKey program was designed to instruct builders in the methods of constructing energy-efficient homes in cost-effective manners. Whether you are looking to make a few changes to your home to cut utility costs, or are interested in building a “green” home, the EnergyKey program can put you in touch with builders and remodelers around the state who are certified to build under the EnergyKey guidelines.
Look for the EnergyKey symbol, the mark of resource-efficiency excellence.