By Ken Mita, Construction Manager at HillCrest Village  (article published in Southington Magazine)

Building codes continuously evolve over time. Current building code requirements are much more rigorous than those in place just 10 years ago, resulting in new home construction that is safer and significantly more energy efficient than the average resale house.

From a safety standpoint, current building standards require several additional components in new houses that were not required in years past.  One notable change is the requirement to install arc fault circuit interrupters. An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is an advanced circuit breaker that, as a way to reduce electrical fire threats, breaks the circuit when it detects a dangerous electric arc in the circuit that it protects… Click here to read the full article in Southington Magazine.