It’ll cost a little more to buy a new house once new building codes come into effect in November.
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Joan Maisonneuve tells 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen builders will be required to put in more insulation, use better windows, and install higher efficiency heating equipment.
“The average cost for a new home will be somewhere in the range of about $5,000 for a 2,000 square foot house, but when you look at the average house at around $400,000, it’s really not a big hit.”
The new codes will keep up with national standards. Maisonneuve says the changes will help you feel more comfortable, and go easy on the environment.
“Really the driver is, a little bit, recognition that we all need to do our part to reduce greenhouse gases and do our part for global warming.”
They’ll also go easy on your pocketbook over time, as the extra cost will be recouped with energy savings. (kdr,rjs)