The Annual Spring Parade of Homes is on the last week in the Wichita Metro Area. There are some great homes out there. Lots of amenities to consider. Everyone has their own lifestyle and looks for a floor plan to fit. They all have their sense of taste and can look at the colors, finishes and visual effects.
Every builder says they build an energy efficient home. Energy Efficiency is built in behind the walls. It is usually not seen. Energy Efficiency is about people and how they install the items that create the efficiency. The specific items are less important then the way they are installed. Generally, the manufacturers install instructions must be followed.
Wichita – Sedgwick County has not adopted any code provisions for energy efficiency in new homes. It may be legal to build a home with no insulation, but is that a wise decision? No one thinks so. So how much is enough and is it installed correctly? In this area we are reliant on the free enterprise approach energy efficiency in new homes.
Phoenix, AZ has an energy code, yet the free enterprise market based system has upped the game for buyers. Here is a recent article in the Phoenix Newspaper about how a home buyer can see what is behind the walls.