Top 5 reasons to buy a new Savings by Design Home.
Not only will your new SBD home be far more energy efficient than older homes, brand new homes are built with both function and style in mind, and are backed by a new home warranty. Be sure to ask your SBD builder about all the benefits of owning a newly built SBD home, such as:
1. More energy efficiency
New homes are built to stricter energy efficiency building standard through the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC). A new Savings by Design home is built 25% above code requirements. With innovations like advanced construction, higher levels of insulation and energy efficient heating and cooling systems, your home will not only be more comfortable, you’ll save considerably on your energy costs, too!
2. Improved air quality and comfort
New homes are designed to give you and your family the best possible indoor living environment, including clean air with a comfortable relative humidity. It starts with a solid construction that prevents air leakage and moisture penetration – eliminating dampness and cold spots to increase comfort and prevent mold growth. New homes also have advanced ventilation, which continuously brings in fresh, filtered air from the outside. Engineered right sized heating and cooling systems operate more effectively, which help to keep all rooms at a comfortable temperature. Building and finishing products with no pollutants or contaminants like VOC’s (volatile organic compound) also make a difference in air quality. Some examples are formaldehyde-free cabinetry and flooring.1 Considering that we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors, and indoor air quality can often be worse than outside, it just makes sense to invest in a home built with your family’s health in mind.2
3. Well-designed, greener communities
New developments are designed to balance private and public areas, increase safety and reduce impact on the environment.3 Some examples are outdoor recreational areas, playgrounds for children and safe pedestrian pathways. Sustainable solutions such as storm management strategies, permeable paving, rainwater barrels and bioswales all help to reduce site stormwater runoff – giving it another place to go besides the sewer system and preventing flooding.
4. You know what you’re getting
Because you are involved in the process, you’ll know what went into the home, including what’s behind the walls and ceiling. Plus, flexible layouts make it easy to accommodate future changes to your household.5
5. Quality construction
New SBD homes are built to be “future proofed” – with quality craftsmanship and attention to detail using the latest products, materials and techniques.6
New homes in Ontario are backed by a new home warranty (Tarion
), which generally includes deposit insurance and protection against defects in work and materials as well as major structural defects.7