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New building method saves money

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One Lee County builder is going green to try to save new home buyers some cash. Jack Daniel Garrett is using a product called the Zip system on a home he's building in the Wisteria Estates subdivision.

It helps make a home more energy efficient from the roof to the walls.

Structural wood is treated with water resistant barriers and when seams are taped, they become air tight and keep your utility bills lower.

"Because it develops that tight air barrier around the home it protects the R value of the insulation inside the wall, and that's what helps lower the energy costs for the home," said Billy Martin, Huber Regional Sales Manager.

There's also a tax benefit for using the product. Sellers say the Zip system coupled with insulation keeps a home at a more constant temperature, because it doesn't let air conditioning or heat escape.

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