It certainly can. If you resell the home later, it will be ENERGY STAR qualified, which can be a powerful marketing tool.
It doesn’t have to cost more than one built only to code. Price is determined by your builder’s construction practice and prices. Even if the initial cost is higher, the monthly utility savings can be greater than higher monthly mortgage payments, which can help with monthly cash flow.
Look for a blue ENERGY STAR label on your circuit breaker box or anywhere in your utility room. If you don’t see one, contact the builder and ask for documentation, either with an ENERGY STAR certificate or a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) report.