The long term cost of home ownership and the uncertainty of the future cost of heating fuels is a good reason to spend money up front to get a house that is energy efficient.
The cost of energy efficiency upgrades to a house may increase the initial cost by 15% or so, but can reduce heating and cooling use by up to 90% as compared to RBES code homes resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the life of a home.
Retrofitting a home to be more energy efficient after it is built is possible. You can expect to spend 30% of the cost of the home (for deep energy retrofits).
A simple cost/benefit analysis shows that building your new home to a super energy efficient standard like the Efficiency Vermont High Performance House or Passive House (PHIUS) will give you a home with the same out of pocket expenses as with a code compliant home but with much lower heating/cooling bills...and by the way, much more comfortable as well.
Contact one of our builder members and ask about energy efficiency in your new home today!
WHY HIRE AN HBRANV MEMBER?
Membership in the HBRANV represents:
HBRANV members pride themselves on adherence to a code of ethics, maintaining the highest level of industry knowledge, and giving back to the community.
HBRANV members use leading technologies, products and knowledge to ensure your home will be built or remodeled to meet the highest industry and government standards and will maintain a higher value over time.
STABLITY & RELIABILITY
For over 60 years, HBRANV members have built a strong reputation as industry professionals who meet the highest standards. You can have peace of mind knowing that their proven track records and references mean the promise of reliability.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
HBRANV educational workshops and programs, as well as our NAHB Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Graduate Associate programs, provide opportunities for training and certification to all our members.
HBRANV members work with a high degree of skill, integrity and professionalism so that you can rest assured your home was built or renovated the right way, increasing the long term value of your home.
HBRANV members are trusted professionals throughout the industry due to the programming, education, and industry awards they receive. Just ask someone they've worked for!