Buyer interest in green home features in new construction homes has increased in recent years. Sure it’s the right thing to do and people are indeed concerned about their effect on the environment, but it sure helps that it saves the homebuyer considerable expense over time through reduced utility bills.
- 80-percent efficient furnace: A highly-efficient furnace converts a high percentage of gas into heat, effectively lowering heat costs.
- Double-paned windows: Added insulation improves your heating and cooling costs.
- Tyvek® House Wrap: This product envelops the house to improve energy costs, but also seals against moisture, which improves the quality of the indoor air.
- R-13 wall insulation, R-38 attic: These values meet or exceed the suggested ratings issued by EnergyStar.gov.
- Increased natural light: Large windows and sliding glass doors allow for extra sunlight, which reduces reliance on electricity for lighting, but also helps improve overall mood and sense of well-being.
Wozniak notes that J. Lawrence Homes works with many of his buyers to add custom green features, such as solar panels, tankless water heaters and water-reducing plumbing features.
Take a video tour of a J. Lawrence home at Ambry Estates in Lynwood IL.
*Survey by the U.S. Green Building Council and McGraw-Hill Construction