An article from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals the top features that most homeowners consider as great investments in remodeling their homes:
To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which highlight the most common building features that home owners are using to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
“The improved availability and affordability of high-performing building products means energy-efficient features are being incorporated into more home improvement projects,” said NAHB Remodelers Chair Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGR, CGP, of Waterville Valley, N.H. “Remodeling can not only improve the overall layout and features of a home, but depending on the upgrades you choose, you can also save money on utilities, improve indoor air quality and strengthen the long-term value of your home.”
The most popular green building features in the survey of residential remodelers in the first quarter of 2014 are:
- High performance windows including Low-E and Argon gas windows
- High efficiency HVAC systems
- Programmable thermostats
- ENERGY STAR appliances
In a bid to reduce carbon footprints and build a more sustainable future, the U.S. Government, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is helping citizens establish measures to protect the environment through energy efficiency. With the Energy Star program, people can eliminate wasted energy and properly manage resources, all while improving their homes without paying for more, and actually getting tax incentives.
As more and more people are becoming more aware of what they can do to help the planet, building contractors, like Palm Beach County home builders, are seeing the benefits of offering green building solutions. Not only can a green home lessen the ecological footprint caused by energy use, it also allows homeowners to have more cost savings than ever before because of tax rebates when purchasing and utilizing energy-efficient products. Furthermore, energy efficiency heightens each one’s quality of life, keeping homes cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter, as well as improves the life and productivity of various appliances.
When looking for home builders in Palm Beach County, homeowners should consider those that implement environment-friendly building techniques that follow the best practices in planning and construction. There are experienced professionals, like those from Palm Beach County Contractor, who can help homeowners find ways to save more on their construction by providing information and products that render tax credits and refunds. They can update each home’s features with minimum waste products and use construction materials from renewable sources.
(Source: NAHB Remodelers Reveal the Most Popular Features to Improve the Performance of Your Home, NAHB, 30 April 2014)