We're continuing our look into some of the reasons you should consider purchasing a newly built home, and this week the focus is on building codes.
Building codes began addressing energy efficiency in the late 1970s. In the decades since then, the standards have become increasingly stringent, mandating that homes be more and more energy efficient. Newly constructed homes generally have a tighter seal, with more energy-efficient windows, doors and insulation. This helps prevent heated and cooled air from escaping, therefore reducing your electric or gas bill as well as your environmental impact.
Older homes are not subject to current building codes with regard to energy efficiency. That means when you buy a newly built home - one that meets the current building codes - you're usually getting better efficiency. That's good news for you, for your wallet, and for the environment.