Energy efficiency in homes is generally achieved through the use of building materials, construction techniques, designs and appliances that minimize the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuels needed to heat, cool and operate a home. Maximizing energy efficiency is a major aspect of green building (also known as sustainable or high performance construction). Home builders strive to maximize energy efficiency in new construction, and improving energy efficiency is frequently a goal of residential remodeling.
As a long-standing proponent of energy efficiency, NAHB supports research, development and implementation of innovative, cost-effective energy saving products and building techniques for new and existing homes. NAHB also believes that financing and appraisals of both new and existing homes should acknowledge energy efficiency measures.
Moreover, products and practices to promote energy efficiency must be affordable, must add value to the home and must repay the initial cost through savings over a reasonable period of time. In particular, NAHB supports energy codes and standards if the requirements are based on the economic perspective and time horizon of the first-time home buyer. The association is also committed to educating builders, lenders, appraisers and consumers about energy efficiency. And it supports retrofitting for energy efficiency, utility-sponsored incentive programs and weatherization.
NAHB opposes all federal legislation that would establish a mandatory national energy code for residential construction that is not federally owned or that would require the states to adopt an energy code that is not demonstrably cost effective and that would adversely affect housing affordability.
Why It Matters
Residential energy efficiency is in the best interests of individual households as well as the nation’s economy, environment, security and energy independence.