New Construction Homes

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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In the real estate market, new construction homes often represent the latest in home construction technology, including building materials and building techniques. Many homes, even those built from models in many of America's planned communities, are available with optional energy efficient construction and materials. Though it varies from house to house, most use the same general energy-saving techniques.

One of the most important factors in energy efficiency for new construction homes is to protect the thermal envelope. The thermal envelope is the entire system of joints, fittings, windows, and all exterior components of the house. A strong thermal envelope is tightly sealed to lower heating and cooling bills and protect the house from the elements.

Materials for New Construction Homes

Wall and roof materials and insulation are pieces of a new construction homes thermal envelope that are especially important to consider. New, energy efficient materials that utilize the insulating properties of foam, such as insulated panels or insulated concrete forms, are becoming increasingly common. Engineering to use wood only where it is the most effective (Optimum Value Engineering, or OVE) is another popular technique.

Energy efficient construction on new homes may be a little more expensive than standard construction, especially for builders who are unaccustomed to energy efficient techniques. There are many builders, however, who specialize in green ideas, setting themselves apart from the competition and offering modern building practices. In the end, with lower utilities costs and, in many cases, higher resale value, energy efficient construction may be well worth it.

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