By Carrie Rossenfeld | GlobeSt.com
IRVINE, CA - Eco-friendly features appearing in newly built single-family homes can save homeowners a significant amount of money in water and energy bills, according toRick Fletcher, VP of sales and marketing for MBK Homeshere. Fletcher tells GlobeSt.com that new homes today are built to the California State Energy Commission’s energy standards, and Title 24—a state-approved energy code for all new construction—was designed to create a reduction on energy consumption and demand from new construction.
“Essentially, what this means to buyers of new construction, is that if you can buy a brand-new constructed home, these eco-friendly features will absolutely save you money in varying degrees in water and energy bills,” says Fletcher. “A lot of these regulations weren’t required in construction even two or three years ago, much less 20 years ago.”
Some of the features include specific levels of insulation, fan wattage, air-leakage conservation, AC condensers and furnace coils that are rated for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly refrigerant. “The things that matter to homebuyers are dishwashers that are Energy Star rated, insulation within walls and in attic space and that the meter exceeds codes,” says Fletcher. Also important to buyers are dual-glazed windows with energy-saving glass to keep cool air inside and the sun’s heat out in the summer, tankless water heaters, low-flow shower heads and low-flush toilets, which many of MBK’s newer communities have.
Builders are also striving for efficient onsite irrigation to comply with a requirement that waste coming from a project doesn’t go into landfills but is recycled as much as possible. These regulations lead to a CALGreen certification, which is something MBK’s new project in Stanton, CA—Jacaranda—has.
As GlobeSt.com reported in December, MBK Homes has broken ground on Vineland Metro, a community in North Hollywood, CA, with 27 detached, cottage-style for-sale homes. The individual homes will go on the market in February, and residents can begin to take occupancy upon completion of phase I, estimated for Q2 of 2014.