BUILT TO SAVE® Homes in Private Gated Communities Get Double Peace of Mind
We would like to spotlight four BUILT TO SAVE® Certified homes in four private gated communities. Why? Because these homes and the communities where they are located represent what most homebuyers want—peace of mind, doubled.
BUILT TO SAVE® Certified Homes
First, let’s talk about a home certified by the high-performance home program, BUILT TO SAVE®. The name points to the main benefit—the home is built to save you money on utilities. Every buyer wants to believe that their home will be energy efficient, and no builder will tell you that it is not. And while the home MAY be energy efficient, the only way to know for sure is to have the home tested after completion with specialized equipment and software. And here is the deal: that’s the final step before certifying a home as BUILT TO SAVE®–to ensure that the requirements for energy efficiency are met! As proof, you will be given a certificate (a certificate, by the way, which will come in handy should you ever decide to sell your home down the road).
Yet energy efficiency is not the only thing that will give you peace of mind. More importantly, and this is where the “peace of mind” comes in, as a requirement for certification, the home must be inspected by a third-party, RESNET licensed energy Rater after insulation is installed and before the walls are in place. This ensures that the Rater—a trained, independent building inspector—checks to make sure that the correct insulation was used and that it was installed properly. This “under construction” inspection follows a BUILT TO SAVE® checklist that covers a wide range of things to inspect that all affect the home’s envelope, ductwork, windows, sealing, and potential areas that may cause moisture issues. A Rater’s job actually starts before the home is built by reviewing the HVAC contractor’s Manual J that specifies the size of the air conditioning unit to be installed to ensure that it will not be oversized. An oversized unit will cause the homeowner to pay more in utilities and, more importantly, may result in daily uncomfortable humidity in the home and moisture issues like mold in the long term.
Every homebuyer should expect their home to be comfortable, with clean and healthy air inside. They should expect superior quality construction behind the walls, and they should have that secure feeling that the home was constructed according to the building codes as required by law.
The four homes featured here are BUILT TO SAVE® certified, and that means that they were built to above minimum code standards. It is not us saying that. It is not the builders saying that. It is licensed home energy Raters saying that and backing up their statements with photos, documents, and proof that the homes are BUILT TO SAVE® high performance certified. Now that’s “peace of mind” that you can have for yourself, and that, when needed, you can pass on to another buyer should you decide to sell your home.
GATED COMMUNITY BENEFITS
The number one reason people prefer living in a gated community is obvious—it’s gated.
A gated community represents privacy, safety, security, and, ultimately, peace of mind. The four homes featured here all reside within a gated community. Imagine: a BUILT TO SAVE® new home in a gated community…how awesome for “peace of mind” is that—a double Win/Win!