Recently, we did an audit on one of the properties of Urban HW Homes and I shared with you the results of the HERS Test. The home scored a 90 on the HERS index. This score is expected for a newly constructed house based on the sub-contractors building to local and state building codes.
However, the team at Urban NW Homes wants to do more. They are making Energy Efficiency a competitive advantage for their company. I talked to Troy Johns, owner of Urban NW Homes recently. The occasion was a very impressive Open House held on their location.
The evening was amazing. Fall in the Pacific Northwest is amazing. Temperatures were perfect and Urban NW Homes pulled out all the stops in making sure the home was showcased in the best way possible. Live music, food, beer and wine were available as the guests viewed the 3 floor plans. Friendships were renewed and created during the evening.
I sat with Troy Johns and asked him about the opportunity that he sees in putting energy efficiency into his next round of construction.
I feel that saving the energy we have is just as important as creating new energy. The concept of reducing the amount of energy we use on a daily or monthly basis not only reduces our dependency on the utility companies, but it also puts dollars directly back into our pockets to be spend on other things.
We can have a huge impact by stepping up on the energy angle and then the consumer wins. We want to do our part.
Urban NW Homes has solicited the help of our company, Swiftsure Energy Services to help them understand what the direct costs would be to get to a lower energy footprint on the homes they build. We will be working directly with the sub-contractors to determine incremental costs of upgrades in building technique and newer technologies in heating systems.
The goal is to have 4 cost options that Urban NW Homes can pick from.
- HERS Goal of 80-95.
- HERS Goal of 70-80.
- HERS Goal of 60-70.
- HERS Goal of <60.
I would love to hear what you think will be key construction techniques in each step, and the approximate cost to get a new home to a HERS score of <60.