Attention Texas Building Owners: Here are 21 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Building

Twenty-One Ways to Increase the Value of Your Building

1. Obtain­ing advice from local pro­fes­sion­als on project goals and design choic­es is essen­tial for max­i­miz­ing equi­ty in a new build or remod­el project. These experts are most knowl­edge­able on which goals and design options will pro­duce the most ROI. Experts include archi­tects, builders, design­ers, real estate agents, even finan­cial advi­sors. Their advice is cru­cial to the suc­cess­ful design of either a new build­ing or a remod­el project that max­i­mizes the val­ue of the struc­ture.

2. Cer­ti­fy­ing a struc­ture accord­ing to Ener­gy Star or Lead­er­ship in Ener­gy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED) rat­ed stan­dards, increas­es the val­ue of any home or build­ing. In fact, a recent study com­pared 1.6 mil­lion homes of sim­i­lar design, con­struc­tion, and loca­tion between 2007 and 2012; some had Ener­gy Star, or LEED rat­ed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, some did not. The study con­clud­ed that an ener­gy com­pli­ance cer­ti­fi­ca­tion added about 9 per­cent to a home’s sell­ing price.

3. In today’s mar­ket, ener­gy-effi­cien­cy is often a required fea­ture for buy­ers of both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings. In fact, accord­ing to a sur­vey of builders by the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Home Builders (NAHB), ener­gy-effi­cien­cy is a top demand of home­buy­ers and they are will­ing to pay $10,732 more up front to save $1,000 a year in util­i­ties. A most cru­cial fea­ture of an ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing is con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion (CI). The ASHRAE 90.1 and the Inter­na­tion­al Ener­gy Con­ser­va­tion Code (2015 IECC) also require CI. Con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion saves build­ing own­ers mon­ey and ener­gy by reduc­ing heat­ing and cool­ing expens­es along with mechan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tion costs. Con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion is an essen­tial com­po­nent of an ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing: CI increas­es a build­ing’s val­ue and saves ener­gy and mon­ey over the life­time of the struc­ture.

4. Ensur­ing a building’s air and mois­ture resis­tance is essen­tial to man­ag­ing a struc­ture’s integri­ty and val­ue. With­out air and mois­ture resis­tance, rot, mold, and mildew may occur which can degrade the indoor envi­ron­men­tal qual­i­ty of a build­ing. An air and mois­ture bar­ri­er is imper­a­tive to an ener­gy-effi­cient home design. Pre­serv­ing the integri­ty and health of an ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing with an air and mois­ture bar­ri­er is an essen­tial com­po­nent of main­tain­ing a building’s worth.

5. Con­struct­ing an exte­ri­or wall with the easy to install Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem and the Bau­tex AMB 20 air and mois­ture bar­ri­er will cre­ate an ener­gy-effi­cient, air and mois­ture resis­tant struc­ture. Ener­gy-effi­cien­cy and air and mois­ture resis­tance are essen­tial to the val­ue of a build­ing. The Bau­tex insu­lat­ed con­crete blocks are ener­gy-effi­cient and pro­vide an R‑14 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion that meets if not exceeds, the codes and stan­dards of the (ASHRAE 90.1) Code (2015 IECC). The appli­ca­tion of Bau­tex AMB 20 air and mois­ture bar­ri­er on the Bau­tex Block wall cre­ates a mois­ture resis­tant and air­tight build­ing that elim­i­nates ther­mal bridges and con­den­sa­tion. Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem cre­ates a healthy, ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing and ensures the long-term integri­ty of the struc­ture; all fac­tors that will increase and main­tain the val­ue of a build­ing.

6. An attrac­tive ener­gy-effi­cient roof­ing prod­uct can increase the val­ue of a build­ing. For instance, a cool roof, made of a low ther­mal mass mate­r­i­al like tiles, slate, or clay with light col­ored pig­ments, will reflect solar heat and reduce cool­ing costs. Cool roofs improve indoor com­fort and lessen ener­gy bills. They also have curb appeal and can extend the roof’s ser­vice life. All fac­tors that can increase the val­ue of a build­ing.

7. Accord­ing to Remod­el­ing Mag­a­zine, in Texas, the num­ber one best return on invest­ment is attic insu­la­tion, with an esti­mat­ed return of 108 per­cent. Typ­i­cal­ly loose-fill or batt insu­la­tion is installed in an attic. Accord­ing to Ener­gy Star, the rec­om­mend­ed insu­la­tion lev­el for most attics is R‑38 or 10 to 14 inch­es, depend­ing on the insu­la­tion type. Attic insu­la­tion is an essen­tial fea­ture of an ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing with the added ben­e­fit of a high ROI.

8. A high-per­for­mance HVAC saves ener­gy and mon­ey (1040 per­cent), improves ther­mal com­fort and indoor envi­ron­men­tal qual­i­ty (IEQ), and also increas­es the val­ue of a build­ing. In fact, a Smart­Mar­ket study of home builders and remod­el­ers, and qual­i­ta­tive inter­views with recent home­buy­ers, con­clud­ed that of ten prod­ucts and prac­tices con­sid­ered impor­tant for cre­at­ing an ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing, a prop­er­ly sized and installed HVAC sys­tems was the high­est (92 per­cent). A high-per­for­mance HVAC is expect­ed by many of today’s buy­ers and will add val­ue to a build­ing.

9. Ensur­ing the inte­ri­or of an ener­gy-effi­cient struc­ture is healthy with con­trolled ven­ti­la­tion will add val­ue to a build­ing. Ven­ti­la­tion of an ener­gy-effi­cient, air-tight build­ing is essen­tial because pol­lu­tants (like radon, formalde­hyde, and volatile organ­ic com­pounds) can become trapped. Installing an ener­gy recov­ery ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem con­trols ven­ti­la­tion, min­i­mizes ener­gy loss, and cre­ates a healthy indoor envi­ron­ment. All fea­tures that can add val­ue to a build­ing or home.

10. High-per­form­ing win­dows add val­ue to a build­ing and can save mon­ey and time over the life­time of the struc­ture. High per­form­ing win­dows also cre­ate a less drafty, qui­eter inte­ri­or than the old sin­gle pane win­dows. In today’s mar­ket, high per­form­ing win­dows are a sought-after fea­ture. In fact, accord­ing to a sur­vey of builders by the (NAHB), Ener­gy Star-Rat­ed, low‑E win­dows are one of the top ten fea­tures home buy­ers want in a new home and will increase the val­ue of a build­ing.

11. An open floor plan with flex­i­ble liv­ing areas is an essen­tial fea­ture for increas­ing the resale val­ue of a home. In fact, a Con­sumer Reports’ sur­vey of 1,573 mil­len­ni­als, found that an open floor plan was sec­ond to a mod­ern kitchen on mil­len­ni­als’ list of most sought-after features.Today’s young buy­ers want large, dou­ble-duty rooms. The open floor plan can increase the val­ue of a home by 4 to 6 per­cent.

12. Effec­tive acoustics and reduced noise are rel­e­vant to both home­own­ers and occu­pants of com­mer­cial build­ings. Ensur­ing these ele­ments can con­tribute towards increas­ing a build­ing’s resale val­ue. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is ide­al for cre­at­ing a qui­et, acousti­cal­ly pos­i­tive inte­ri­or envi­ron­ment. The Bau­tex Block is an insu­lat­ed con­crete exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or wall sys­tem that pro­vides high sound reduc­tion. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem also meets the Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dards Insti­tute cri­te­ria for schools and received high Sound Trans­mis­sion Class and Out­door-Indoor Trans­mis­sion Class rat­ings from ETS-Lind­gren Acoustic Research Lab­o­ra­to­ry. Con­trol­ling the acoustics and noise of a build­ing will increase its val­ue.

13. Ener­gy Star-rat­ed appli­ances (dish­wash­ers, refrig­er­a­tors, wash­ing machines, ceil­ing fans, and ven­ti­la­tion fans) reduce ener­gy costs and offer improved per­for­mance, qual­i­ty, and dura­bil­i­ty. They also increase a home’s resale val­ue. In fact, accord­ing to a sur­vey of builders by the NAHB, Ener­gy Star-rat­ed appli­ances are one of the top fea­tures home­buy­ers want in a new home. High per­form­ing, Ener­gy Star appli­ances lessen month­ly util­i­ty bills and increase the val­ue of a home.

14. Prop­er and ade­quate light­ing is a quick boost to a building’s val­ue; par­tic­u­lar­ly when using Ener­gy Star cer­ti­fied fix­tures and bulbs. Light­ing affects the com­fort and liv­abil­i­ty of a room. It also high­lights a building’s design and archi­tec­tur­al fea­tures. A well-lit space that is warm and invit­ing is much more like­ly to add val­ue to a build­ing than a one that is dark and unwel­com­ing.

15. Smart build­ing devices like pro­gram­ma­ble ther­mostats, occu­pan­cy or motion sen­sors, CO2 and oth­er air qual­i­ty alarms, are desired fea­tures in today’s homes and build­ings. In fact, accord­ing to a sur­vey of builders by the NAHB, pro­gram­ma­ble ther­mostats are one of the top ten fea­tures home buy­ers want in a new home. Smart build­ing devices can save mon­ey and ener­gy and make a build­ing safer. They are also con­ve­nient and can increase the val­ue of a build­ing.

16. Safe rooms or storm shel­ters are becom­ing a want­ed fea­ture in homes and com­mer­cial build­ings and can add val­ue to the struc­ture. In fact, a study by Dr. Kevin Sim­mons, pro­fes­sor of eco­nom­ics at Austin Col­lege in Texas, found that the exis­tence of a shel­ter in a home increased the home’s val­ue by 3.5 per­cent. Safe rooms are par­tic­u­lar­ly sought-after in Texas, where between the years of 1991 and 2010, there was an annu­al aver­age of 155 tor­na­does, more than any oth­er State. An ide­al choice for mate­r­i­al for build­ing a storm shel­ter is the Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly.

  • The Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly exceeds the 2014 Inter­na­tion­al Code Council’s (ICC) ICC-500 stan­dards for safe room or storm shel­ter design.
  • The Bau­tex Block Wall Assembly’s meets the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines in storm zones with pos­si­ble wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour.
  • The Bau­tex Block sin­gle inte­grat­ed con­crete assem­bly also meets or exceeds the fol­low­ing ICC-500 and FEMA stan­dards for debris impact.

Installing a safe room in a home or com­mer­cial build­ing can increase the val­ue of the struc­ture and, more impor­tant­ly, pro­tect the safe­ty of the occu­pants dur­ing extreme wind and tor­na­do events.

17. The addi­tion of solar pan­els saves a build­ing own­er mon­ey and ener­gy and increas­es the val­ue of the build­ing. In fact, a recent study by the Lawrence Berke­ley Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ries found a siz­able increase in val­ue for homes with solar pan­els. The design of an ener­gy-effi­cient build­ing should strive to cre­ate as much ener­gy as it uses by installing renew­able ener­gy mea­sures, like solar pan­els. Renew­able ener­gy sources can lessen if not elim­i­nate a home’s util­i­ty bills, along with increas­ing the val­ue of the build­ing.

18. Upgrad­ing the kitchen is a pop­u­lar way to increase val­ue to a home while adding enjoy­ment to the occu­pants. In fact, accord­ing to Remod­el­ing Mag­a­zine, a minor kitchen remod­el recoups 81.6 per­cent of its cost, while a major kitchen remod­el recoups 70.0 per­cent. Addi­tion­al­ly, accord­ing to Con­sumer Reports, a modern/​updated kitchen” tops the list of ide­al home fea­tures desired by mil­len­ni­als and can increase the val­ue of a home by 4 to 6 per­cent.

19. Mod­ern and upgrad­ed baths will also add val­ue to a build­ing. Always choose high­er-end fin­ish­es and mate­ri­als and include a jet/​spa tub. An upscale bath is essen­tial to today’s buy­ers and can recoup 69.4 per­cent return on invest­ment.

20. Curb appeal is the first impres­sion a guest or buy­er gets and it is essen­tial to the val­ue of a build­ing. The build­ing must present itself as neat, clean, and upscale to max­i­mize its poten­tial sell­ing price. A new, or high-end garage door can recoup 85 per­cent of its cost, a new high-end front door can recoup between 78 and 91 per­cent, and an over­all land­scape upgrade can pro­duce an ROI of 105 per­cent. A building’s exte­ri­or reflects the mood of the whole build­ing. An attrac­tive, tidy, high-end exte­ri­or will increase the val­ue of the struc­ture.

21. The final tip for ways to increase the val­ue of a build­ing is to keep up with reg­u­lar main­te­nance and repairs along with keep­ing detailed records. Keep­ing up with reg­u­lar build­ing main­te­nance will keep the build­ing safe and func­tion­ing and will safe mon­ey in the long run. Not allow­ing a build­ing to dete­ri­o­rate is as impor­tant, if not more, to ensure the val­ue of a build­ing will increase over time.

Design­ing or remod­el­ing a build­ing or home to max­i­mize its worth requires plan­ning, research­ing, and orga­niz­ing. Fea­tures that increase the build­ing’s val­ue should also improve the com­fort lev­el to the occu­pants, and poten­tial­ly save mon­ey and ener­gy dur­ing the building’s life­time. Vis­it Bau­tex Wall Sys­tems for more ways to increase the val­ue of your build­ing.