My husband is an energy auditor and one of his primary jobs is to test homes for energy efficiency as part of qualifying the home as an ENERGY STAR home. His work puts him in contact with a number of builders, from large spec builders to small custom home builders. As these builders are working toward meeting the standard for both ENERGY STAR and for PA's recently updated energy building code requirements they have been making changes in their practices that are going to be a big benefit to new home buyers.
I've heard about some of the things he has seen in the homes during the inspection process - lack of proper airsealing, missing insulation, leaky ductwork - and how the builders have upped their game to meet the new requirements. Buyers of these new homes are definitely going to be rewarded with lower energy bills, better comfort and improved home performance.
Before you dismiss ENERGY STAR, think again, I've heard the firsthand stories and I am proud to say that it is resulting in a better new home for buyers.
I specialize in helping people find homes that are good for their wallet, health, family and planet. Christa Ross, Ecosociate and RE/MAX Green Specialist. Call me at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.greenhomespgh.com.