More New Homes Are Offering the Energy-Efficient Features That Home Buyers Seek

More New Homes Are Offering the Energy-Efficient Features That Home Buyers Seek
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April 1, 2015

In conjunction with 'New Homes Month' in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showcasing how new homes are increasingly offering the energy-efficient features that home buyers are seeking.

NAHB surveys indicate that efficiency is among the most-wanted features of home buyers and that builders are responding to this demand.

"Our builder members are telling us that more and more buyers are looking at new homes for their efficiency in design and functionality," said NAHB chairman Tom Woods. "Whether it's improved insulation or sustainable building materials, today's new homes can reach higher energy performance and greater durability than was possible even 20 years ago. And programs like the National Green Building Standard help consumers achieve their efficiency needs."

According to NAHB, as more Millennials enter the housing market, they are sharing what features are most likely to affect their home buying decisions. An NAHB survey revealed that Energy Star certifications are a priority for these home buyers. In fact, 84 percent of this group is willing to pay 2-3 percent more for an energy-efficient home as long as they can see a return on their power bills.

NAHB also surveyed home builders about the features they are most likely to include in new homes they build this year. Four of the top 10 features focused on energy efficiency: low-E windows, Energy Star-rated appliances and windows and programmable thermostats.

NAHB says that some home buyers are looking for even more sustainable features, prompting an increasing number of single-family and multifamily builders to deliver green homes.

Green builders incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency; improved indoor environmental quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects.

An NAHB survey of single-family home builders revealed that nearly 25 percent of builders installed alternative energy-producing equipment in new construction. This includes geothermal heat pumps and photovoltaic solar panels. NAHB points out that the current 30-percent tax credit available for homeowners who install this equipment is set to expire at the end of 2016, which makes this a good time for interested home buyers to consider purchases.

NAHB offers a plethora of home buying and home building information and resources for consumers at nahb.org/forconsumers.