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Do Energy Raters Help Lower Warranty Callbacks?

Reducing Warranty Callbacks with Technology   In today’s technology driven world, the home building industry continues to innovate to help change how we live. Major players like Google, Amazon, and Apple for example are leading the way to help make living in our homes more enjoyable. They’re able to do this by making homes smarter.   Home builders are also taking advantage of cloud-based technologies. They use this to improve the relationships between themselves and

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Green Home that has Solar Panels on its roof.
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Top Reasons Why You Should Build Green Homes

What are green homes?   Green Buildings as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. This practice spans throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. It expands and complements the classic building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green Building is also known as sustainable or high-performance building.   There are

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Grandma and Grandpa at a Healthier Home
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What Makes a Healthier Home?

  Building a high performing, high quality home with reduced environmental impacts are all components that go into building a healthier home. But what exactly does that mean? What is a healthy home? What isn’t a healthy home? How do you build one? These are all great questions that often times go unanswered. This post dives into some of these questions and provides answers that may be helpful to you.   New home smell   Let’s take a

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A home that received a HERS score by Southern Energy Management.
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What is a HERS Score and Why Does it Matter?

  What is a HERS score?   HERS is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. Developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), HERS is short for Home Energy Rating System. Similar to Miles Per Gallon (MPG), it is a great selling point to attract more home buyers. Unlike MPG where a higher score is better, with HERS, a lower score is better for the buyer. The way it works is pretty

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Neighborhood street with two homes with solar
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Get Green for Building Green: Financial Incentives, Credits, and Rebates

Top Concerns and Overcoming Them   Does this sound familiar? “Building green or to an energy efficient standard is too expensive!” “How does building green benefit us?” These are common objections we hear from builders. In this post, we provide a few resources that could wipe away these concerns. Did you know that there are financial incentives available to decrease the cost of building green? Did you also know that building green can increase the sale

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Showfloor of the 2017 NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando, FL
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4 Must See Products from the 2017 International Builders Show

Overview of the International Builders Show   Last month the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) held the International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL. Hosted at the Orange County Convention Center, the International Builders Show is the largest light construction show in the world. Every year, the Show attracts more than 60,000 visitors from over 100 countries. This year we sent our CEO, Bob Kingery, and Green Building Specialist, Jamie Hager down to Orlando to check it

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