Choosing to buy new construction has a lot of perks. You’ll be the first owner of the home. You get to choose the builder, the floor plan, and the finishes. The architecture and design can reflect your style and preferences and facilitate the way you live in your home. You can also choose materials, appliances, and other considerations that are better for the environment, more energy efficient (and cost effective), and healthier for you and your family.
There’s a lot more awareness about building materials that are toxic or even carcinogenic then there once was. Even homes that were built before we knew the dangers of lead, asbestos, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for example, are safer now due to new building codes and abatement and mitigation of harmful substances. However, if you’re starting from the ground up, you’ll benefit from the improvements in low- or no-VOC paints and non-toxic materials, renewable and sustainable building materials, and energy efficient considerations in both construction and appliances.
If having an energy efficient home is important to you—and who doesn’t want to save on their utility bills—then you might want to seek out builders whose websites include information concerning insulation, HVAC systems, water heaters, etc. that would contribute to the energy efficiency of the home. Using environmentally-friendly materials such as recycled glass countertops, bamboo or cork flooring, or reclaimed wood is another thing you might want to discuss with your builder. Of course, while there are a variety of rating systems, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is one of the most widely used and recognized in residential real estate. Even if you don’t have a LEED certified home, you can still make a lot of choices to have an energy efficient, environmentally conscious, and beautiful new home!