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Modern homes get outfitted with energy-efficient technologies

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:25

The real estate market is changing. Homeowners are looking for properties that feature more energy-efficient technologies, but still fit their busy lives. As a result, home builders are working around the clock to try and deliver customers an exceptional product that fits both needs. 
The Billings Gazette reports that one building developer in Montana is working hard to offer homebuyers the perfect blend of sustainability and comfort. Brad McCall has recently built a 1,100-square-foot home that is one of 13 energy-efficient properties being designed in states like Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 
One of the more unique pieces included in the properties is a heat recovery system that is placed in the attic. According to the news source, heat energy is captured as it tries to escape and it recycled throughout the property. 
"It preconditions the air coming in, so you actually recover more than 70 percent of the energy," McCall told the news source.
When combined with a radiant floor heating system, the two work together to fill a home with comfort and warmth. Every space is consistently temperature controlled without a homeowner needing to spend a considerable amount of money. An individual isn't going to have to worry about a rising oil or natural gas bill here in the winter. 
The structures built by McCall are part of a pilot program to identify the best energy-efficient building practices available to him and his development company. "I'm all for energy efficiency, but when it comes down to it, we want homes that are going to last and are going to be healthy," Dale Horton, an architect on the project, told the news source.