What homeowners really want

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what’s trending.

Functional Spaces

Homebuyers are looking to get more functionality out of less space and often discover downsizing is a viable option for both young families and empty-nesters. Homebuyers enjoy modern designs that maximize space and functionality.

ENERGY STAR

Many of those on the market for a home are seeking ENERGY STAR certification, meaning the home meets stringent requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Low-E windows

Buyers are looking for at least double-paned options with low emissivity, also known as low-e, advanced window coatings that help keep heat out during summer. This microscopic layer also blocks damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furniture.

Smart lighting alternatives

According to the EPA, CFL light bulbs use less energy than many other types, which makes them a smart option for an energy-efficient home.

Tight construction

It’s not just what you can see that makes a house green, it’s the process itself that can make a big difference. That’s why tight construction and tight ducts are a must when building a home. Builders must pay close attention to detail by sealing all holes, cracks and seams in ducts and construction assemblies. This helps to eliminate drafts, moisture, dust, pests and pollen, plus boosts comfort while lowering maintenance costs.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.