Newly constructed homes in Ohio will soon be built with energy efficiency in mind.
Ohio's newly adopted residential building code will require new homes to be built with more insulation, better windows, and improved duct work. The homes will also be tested for air leaks. The code was adopted by the Ohio Department of Commerce's Board of Building Standards.
Steve Doyle of Doyle Homes says the changes will make home construction more competitive since lower priced home builders will not be able skimp on the energy efficient upgrades.
The new rules are estimated to add between $1,100 and $1,200 to the cost of a standard two story home. The requirements are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013. The changes are expected to reduce homeowner's utility bills.