In this video: Learn about some of the changes for new homes built today. An expert highlights some of the things to consider when building a new home.

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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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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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Turning a barn into an energy-smart home

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A century-old barn gets the ultimate makeover - with lots of energy-smart technology.

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Structural insulated panels

Cross section of a structural insulated panel

Structural insulated panels, also called SIPs, foam-core panels or stress-skin panels, are significantly more airtight than stud walls.

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Insulated concrete forms

Insulated concrete forms in the ground

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

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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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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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Net Zero Community

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Check out a new neighborhood concept and see how one builder is changing the way homes are built with a goal to use zero energy.

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Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides simple, sturdy homes. Learn how energy efficiency is a key factor in building these homes.

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