From what I've seen,
newly built homes give you the option to do the obvious
(like choose specific products you want used in construction)
AND it gives you the option to think outside of the box
for instance, choosing your window size and placement
really matters for energy efficiency.
(and impacting your neighborhood vegetation)
to add on additions or replace/repair aspects
of your pre-owned home to fit your needs,
you can be thoughtful about your needs and build to suit.
When you are building it all at once, budget, size and scope
often get people to scale back their wants
to a realistic set of needs and that is totally green.
Usually, for home ownership, when we spend money on our homes,
it is on products for home improvement.
Especially when you live in a house that NEEDS improvement
vs a house that you WANT to just tweak a bit.
All to say that there is a big difference in the supply chain involved
for products like bolts screws and studs (more likely to come from other countries)
than for products like paint and garden plants (which might even be locally available).
It is green to put less of a drain on diesel and oil
and all of the other resources necessary
to get you the home improvement products
you might need to make your already almost perfect house
your own with a newly built home.
Actual home purchasing even moreso.
Check out Start Fresh, Buy New's website.
Buying New with a shot at winning $10,000.
So get on that already.
But almost 5 years removed from my most recent home purchase
(but not that many months removed from a refinance)
I can say homeownership
of a new home
has been the best adult decision of my life.