New Mexico Green Builder, Renaissance Builders, Leapfrogs Over State Bureaucracy Offering New Line of Affordable Homes with 100% Energy Savings

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The state of New Mexico lowered its Energy Conservation Code to 20% energy savings while Renaissance Builders launched a series of Zero Energy Homes. Working families are already enjoying healthy homes with a net yearly utility bill of around zero.

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View of Great Room in a completed Energy Efficient Home in Oshara Village, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Renaissance offers a home complete with superior insulation, solar electric panels, efficient lighting and appliances, whole house heat exchanging ventilators and custom finishes standard.

Building science has improved to the point that, Renaissance Builders of Santa Fe New Mexico is able to build Zero Energy Homes that working families or a retired couples can afford. Families are already enjoying comfortable, healthy homes with a net utility bill of around zero. That’s right, that’s a saving of 90% to 100% in energy costs. Now this is big news on its own but in consideration of the State of New Mexico lowering its Conservation Code from a 30% energy savings to 20% saving when compared to a code built home, its really big news. This is a step in the wrong direction, but does it really matter? At this time Renaissance builders and other builders around the country are delivering net Zero Energy Homes some with 100% energy savings at a competitive price, so does it really matter if the State does reduce its code from a 30% savings to 20%.

Buyers are finding out that they can now buy a Zero Energy Home at around the same price as a conventional home. In New Mexico there are at least two companies that are delivering competitively priced Zero Energy homes. Renaissance Builders of Santa Fe, New Mexico comes from a custom builder background. Renaissance offers a home complete with superior insulation, solar electric panels, efficient lighting and appliances, whole house heat exchanging ventilators and custom finishes standard. Standard details include masonry floors, vigas in the great room, stone counter tops and a two-car garage. These sustainable homes can be built on almost any lot in the Santa Fe area. Natural Homes of Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate is offering these elegant homes right now starting at $279,000 including lot.

As usual the private sector has leapfrogged over the bureaucracy. The fact that a number of companies are delivering Zero Energy homes at an affordable price makes us wonder why every home in America is not built Zero Energy? Energy conservation and generation is the most direct way to reduce imports and put that money in the hands of working Americans. Independent Green builders, with technology advanced by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been leapfrogging over the State of New Mexico’s minimal energy codes. Buyers will make the final decision how our country will solve its economic problems by voting with their wallets. When 10 percent of new homebuyers chose affordable Zero Energy Homes, the rest of the building industry will have to rise to the occasion. This will keep billions of tons of carbon out of the atmosphere and keep more money in our wallets while making our nation more secure and financially viable again.

Take a Virtual Tour of a completed Solar Home in Oshara Village Santa Fe, New Mexico

To see plans, go to http://www.newvillage.com and click on Zero Energy Homes. Keep up with Green Real Estate at the Blog “The Future of Real Estate” at http://www.santafe.com/blogs/alan-hoffman. Natural Homes is a marketing group within Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate, 505-988-3700 Call Alan Hoffman at 505-316-0449.

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