A recent survey of from the National  Association of Home Builders shows how important energy efficient homes are to buyers.

In the survey, 94% of home buyers want energy-star rated appliances, 91% want an energy-star rating for the whole home, 89% want energy-star rated windows.

Most new homes in Utah are built with good windows, but at Ivory Homes we offer even more. The trend is for people to want let in more natural light into their homes with higher ceilings and more windows, like in this home:

Our open floor plans allow a lot of natural light in, without the usual tradeoffs. That means temperature in your home will stay more even year-round, even through the coldest Utah winters.

To do that new homes built in Utah use a double pane low-e window, as required by code. Ivory does more by using a double pain window with two low-e coats for a more comfortable home without higher heating or cooling bills.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average American household spends $1500 – $2500 a year on energy bills. They estimate that almost half (45 percent) of that amount is spent on heating and cooling. As you add more windows, you also add more heat exchange. In the summer there is more heat from the sun, and more cold air in the winter. This heavily impacts how much you pay to cool or heat your home.

Ivory Homes chose a high standard that allows you to have big beautiful windows and keep the temperature in your home more even. The measure of how much heat is reflected back outside and how much passes through a window is measured by the term U-factor. A lower number is better. Utah code requires windows to have a .35 U-factor. An Energy Star rated window has a U-factor of .30. Ivory Homes uses windows that exceed that standard, with an average U-factor of .28.

This image from energy star shows the minimum U-factor by climate (Utah falls in the Northern category).

To learn more, watch this video from wattsmart representative Troy Preslar, who explains the Ivory Homes difference:

Learn how Ivory Homes builds new award-winning energy star homes, including how we do insulationand lighting. The standard we meet for our new home is often considered an upgrade for other home builders.