In newer homes, energy-efficient building practices are used to avoid drafts, but these air tight homes can result in uncomfortable air quality and ventilation.

See our Air Quality section for more information.

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Energy rater and performance consultant

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An energy rater can help make your new home more energy-efficient through every stage of the construction process.

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Green home construction

Building materials, blueprints and paint chips

More builders are offering sustainable choices in new home construction. Find out what's available and how it impacts the earth and the bottom line.

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Talk to your utilities

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Before you break ground on a new house, give your utility companies a call. They can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and construction delays.

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Framing options

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You have energy efficient and sustainable options when it comes to framing your new home.

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Insulated concrete forms

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An insulated concrete form (ICF) system eliminates the cold drafts typical of wood-frame construction.

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Modular homes

Modular home assembly in a factory

Modular homes are built in a factory under controlled conditions, then shipped to the homesite and placed on a permanent foundation.

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Aging in place

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Using universal design principals, your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle needs.

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New home comfort issues

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Our four-part series explores how to handle comfort issues in a new home.

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Finding an energy-smart builder

New home under construction

An energy-smart builder will help you make the right choices for your family and lifestyle.

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