Are you planning to build a new home in the near future? Before you select a builder, be sure to make the most of your investment and ask if they are an ENERGY STAR and/or WaterSense builder. These homes meet or exceed energy and water efficiency standards and have a better resale value if it comes time to move.
- are constructed to be more comfortable and energy efficient than code requires, resulting in a home that costs you less to maintain while retaining its value as code increases; and
- use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes.
We support the energy rating of new homes through our Builder Incentive Program (BIP), giving potential buyers a way to determine the efficiency of each home. For a list of participating builders, please view our Builder Incentive Program. The HERS Index measures a home's efficiency.
- are independently certified to use 20 percent less water than typical new homes;
- feature WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures, efficient hot water delivery and smart landscape design; and
- reduce stress on local water resources and infrastructure, which benefits the entire community.
When compared to a traditional home, a WaterSense labeled new home can help a family of four save 50,000 gallons of water per year, that's the equivalent of the water used to wash 2,000 loads of laundry; and as much as $600 per year on utility costs.