The average new home being built is up to four times more energy efficient than traditional second-hand houses.
New homes are built to incorporate all the latest energy-saving devices and the best insulation. This is great because it means new homes have much lower running costs in comparison to their older counterparts. New-builds offer a more substantial eco-friendly way of living. Older homes can be converted to accommodate the best heating systems or energy-saving technologies out there, but this this could prove very costly. New property developers are able to implement the latest techniques to install in new builds.
There are many ways in which we can save energy and money within our homes. One of the advantages of buying a new build is that you can be guaranteed that certain energy requirements have been met.
The Government requires by law that carbon emissions are cut and one of the ways this can be done is by ensuring that new houses are built to be significantly more energy efficient. Building regulations state that every home which is sold must have an energy performance certificate. This provides the home owner with information regarding how efficient the property is and its potential to be improved. This affects us because the more energy efficient a house is, the lower the running costs will be.
Clearly a lot has changed over the years and without doubt we can expect further changes in terms of how energy efficient our homes can be. As the general public becomes more educated about environmental issues, we can expect an increase in demand for more energy-efficient housing. In fact the trend is already on the rise and builders are responding with technology to meet whatever levels of energy efficiency new buyers might demand.
With the expected growth in innovative, environmentally-friendly technological advancements, we can expect our homes in the future to be much better. With new-build properties you can be sure that the best efforts are being made. Developers are aware buyers can now check energy performance certificates prior to buying new homes, and what they find can affect their decision.
Considerations are heating and hot water, lighting and products within the home such as kitchen appliances. Other aspects are flooring, walls, windows and roofs.
These are exciting times and our homes will be set up to utilise clean energy, save water and ultimately save us financially.