Yesterday's North Dallas MLS meeting featured speaker Marc Kleinmann, President of Bauhaus Custom Homes. He informed agents about the upcoming changes to the building codes for new construction and how they impact today's buyers. A handful of great Dallas builders are already building to the codes that will be going in to effect over the next few years and Bauhaus is one of them.
One of the most interesting tidbits was that fireplaces will need sealed covers to stop of the huge air loss that occurs with them now. We're not talking about flimsy screen covers, but really air tight glass ( or similar ) covers.
Within a few years, the requirements that make a home "green" today will be standard building requirements in all homes. Kleinmann did a great job of convincing a packed room of Realtors that this is a good thing for us all.