NAHB Report Shows New Home Construction on the Rise with Energy Efficiency, Lower Utility Costs and Better Indoor Air Quality Top Priorities

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New construction home buyers rank energy efficiency as the most important feature says NAHB report. Priority Energy's energy efficient products have been chosen by Chicago-area builders to meet consumer demand for lower utility costs.

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In actuality, with the stricter IECC 2012 Building codes in effect this year, these high performance products can save builders time and money by making it easier for their homes to pass the more rigorous efficiency tests while increasing marketability.

New home construction is at the highest it’s been in four years, and buyers are demanding more from their architects and builders than ever before. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, NAHB, consumers now consider energy efficiency the most important requirement of a newly built home. Buyers of new construction want features that will guarantee lower utility costs, provide healthier and more comfortable interiors and have greater durability. Priority Energy is proud to have been chosen by Chicago-area builders, architects and HVAC contractors to help create these high-performance homes of the future.

There have been tremendous advances in construction components and building standards and Priority Energy is dedicated to educating architects, contractors and homeowners about their efficiency options. “We have found that contractors are often unaware of these new products or it is assumed these measures will be too expensive or time consuming. In actuality, with the stricter IECC 2012 Building codes in effect this year, these high performance products can save builders time and money by making it easier for their homes to pass the more rigorous efficiency tests while increasing marketability. Cutting edge, award-winning products such as Aeroseal for duct sealing, and EnviroDri as an exterior air and moisture barrier, have attained unsurpassed efficiency, comfort and durability results”, says Robert Schildgen, owner of Priority Energy.

The NAHB survey found that new home buyers were also looking for better indoor air quality, and since the IECC 2012 code requires mechanical ventilation there has never been a better time for builders to utilize balanced ventilation options such as HRVs and ERVs to better serve their clients and make IECC compliance less costly. Builders are often amazed to find out there are simple proven options like Lifebreath Clean Air furnaces which can heat the home and provide ventilation all in one easy step. By utilizing the hot water furnace combined with an HRV, and a high efficiency hot water heater, builders can meet IECC requirements while home owners get significantly healthier indoor air quality and increased comfort.

About Priority Energy
Priority Energy is the Chicago area leader in energy efficiency solutions. They provide residential and commercial energy audits, efficiency retrofits, IECC 2012 and Energy 3.0 services. Their technicians are BPI and RESNET certified professionals who have years of experience in building performance, building science and engineering. The company also specializes in BPI and RESNET energy auditor training and recently opened a new training center in Park Ridge, IL.

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