Energy efficiency is top priority for home buyers

The housing market has improved significantly this year from the bottomed-out levels of the recession, though at the moment the recovery is fairly uneven, with the market greatly favoring sellers over buyers. This hasn't stopped buyers from requiring certain criteria out of their potential homes, though, and for nearly all of them, the number one most desirable element in a house up for sale is its energy efficiency.

A new survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that a whopping 91 percent of buyers on the market right now want an energy-star rated home. Ninety-four percent said they wanted energy-star appliances, while 89 percent added they're looking for a house that is well-insulated. The NAHB figures reveal just how far energy efficiency has come, from a highly partisan topic of conversation to a significant requirement.

The trend has also grown popular with home builders too, as U.S. News & World Report details how building stock over the decades has grown progressively more energy efficient. According to the source, houses built over the past decade consume 37.1 thousand British Thermal Units (BTUs) of energy per square foot on an annual basis, a drop from the 43.5 used by homes built in the 1980s. Go back even further and the data shows that residences constructed in the 1940s use a considerably higher 51.6 thousand BTUs. This is a clear sign that, as time goes on, houses will gradually become more energy efficient as builders begin adopting more eco-friendly materials.

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