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Exclusive Whole Home Building Standards: A Better-Built Home

There’s standard building code, and then there’s M/I. We only want to build homes that we’d want to live in ourselves. And we had to create better building standards of our own to do it.


A Better Built Home in Columbus

From the very beginning, it’s been our goal to build a better home with the features and benefits that give you confidence and lasting value. We employ the latest techniques in building science, even creating our own building standards that improve upon standard code. From foundation to rooftop, from wall to wall, we’re constantly striving to give our homeowners the very best in solid, sound, energy efficient living. For more than 40 years, homeowners have counted on M/I Homes for quality, integrity, trust and care. You can, too.

Confidence Added

Confidence is built in, thanks to our 10-Year Transferable Structural Warranty. You get peace of mind now, and added resale value down the road.

Reinforced Poured Concrete Foundation

Ours includes 3 rows of rebar. This helps it resist cracking and soil pressure.


A 95% energy efficient furnace and 16 SEER A/C provides maximum energy efficiency and lower heating & cooling bills.

(not included in Smart Series homes)

Thicker Insulation

R49 attic insulation gives you greater energy-efficiency, lowers utility bills and increases comfort.

(Smart Series homes includes R38 insulation)

Pex-A Plumbing

This system’s even flow water pressure resists leaks. And it expands with hot and cold temperatures.

TUFF-N-DRI® Basement System*

Provides better insulation and protects against water infiltration.

100% Whole Home Certified

Independent testing determines the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Score for every M/I home. This will tell you how much energy you can save compared to standard building code.

LED Lighting

This lighting gives you better efficiency and it reduces energy use.

Flash Shield Reinforced Stainless Steel Gas Line

This superb product has the highest lightning resistance on the market.

Whole House Humidifier

You get better moisture control, reducing hardwood expansion and contraction.

(not included in Smart Series homes)

MERV 11 Filter

Thanks to the cleaner air from this superior air filter, you’ll breathe easier.

(not included in Smart Series homes)

Superior Subfloors

Our subfloors result in fewer squeaks, stronger load bearing capabilities, less flex, and higher fire rating. All with no warping or twisting.

Full Tyvek House Wrap

We wrap your home in a weather-tight "envelope" that keeps weather out while allowing the home to breathe.


Our Commitment to Energy Efficient Living

Our method's result is a weather-tight, energy efficient home with a lower cost of ownership. You’ll save as much as 30% on your energy bills compared to a home built to standard code. And that’s just the beginning. Our standards encompass everything in and around your home. And we do it all while being environmentally responsible.

The Whole Home Envelope

Every home is wrapped in a weather-tight envelope that keeps weather out and comfort in. We seal every seam, and caulk every crevice. No matter what the season, you’ll be comfortable. And you’ll feel even more comfortable with your lower energy bills.

Energy Efficiency

Higher standards and cost savings versus older homes*
CFL or LED bulbs promote a healthy home environment
Less energy usage required to cool and heat your home
Voids are filled, and seams are sealed
* Savings are proven by independent third party testing


Clean air is recycled throughout for a healthy home
Whole Home systems radically reduce particulates and airborne allergens
Paints and sealants are low VOC


Low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets conserve water
State-of-the-art flexible piping for more direct water lines*
Reduced amount of impurity build-up
* In certain regions


Sustainability Responsible, environmentally friendly materials sourced throughout a Whole Home
Reduction of environmental footprint

The HERS® Index. Lower is better.

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) is the national standard for energy efficiency. A lower HERS® Index Score means lower energy costs.

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Your estimated annual savings

Annual energy costs and annual savings are estimations based on the calculated HERS® Index per this floorplan versus a RESNET standard for resale homes. The HERS® Index follows RESNET standards for certified 3rd party raters to follow.

Visit an M/I Home and experience the difference first hand.

Schedule a visit and get a look behind the walls. You see exactly how much better we really are.

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