Energy Efficient Homes

Founded in 2001, SEM has helped builders construct, market, and sell healthier, greener homes for over 17 years.  With an in-house knowledge base of building scientists, energy analysts, solar system designers, and marketers we have the expertise to elevate your homes to the top of the market.

Builder Services

We have a range of services from code compliance to Zero Energy Blueprints and are committed to meeting our customers unique sustainability goals. We specialize in solutions matched to your vision and values.

Code Compliance

Performance testing and modeling to ensure you stay compliant with local energy conservation codes.
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Stay on track

Blower door and duct performance testing, RESChecks, HVAC Load Calculations
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Independent third party verification to a suite of certification programs.
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Get certified

HERS Rating, ecoSelect, Energy Star, NGBS Green, LEED for Homes, NC Green Built, DOE Zero Energy Ready, PHUIS
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From tax credits to local utility incentives - We specialize in helping you maximize your return on investment.
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Save money

Duke HERO Code, Santee Cooper Smart Energy New Homes, 45L (EPAC) Tax Credit, Solar Investment Tax Credit
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Zero Energy Blueprint

Risk free platform integrating solar as an upgrade option for your buyers.
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Build next level

Customized Solar Option Package, Turn-key Integration, Wholesale Pricing, On-going Sales and Marketing Support
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We understand what buyers really want. Regardless of the services you choose, we have a team of marketers ready to translate technical jargon into tangible benefits. SEM offers ongoing sales trainings and customizable web and print collateral to help you truly sell the value of a high performance home!

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We’re happy to help find the program that’s right for you!

What Are High Performance Homes?

High Performance homes are homes that have been independently verified and tested to maximize the performance of their design. Third party verification unlocks home potential and enables you to value engineer your product, specifically around comfort, efficiency and health.

Sell more homes
There's no doubt that homes with energy efficient and green features garner special attention in the market.
Increased Sales Price
On average, high performance homes capture $3 more per square foot than code-built homes.
Third Party Verification
Rest assured knowing your homes have been verified by an independent third party to confirm performance, improve comfort and reduce the risk warranty call backs.
Financial Incentives
There are many financial incentives available to builders delivering high-performance homes. Since 2014 our builders have collectively earned around 1.9 million dollars a year. We help you capture any and all available incentives.

Why Southern Energy Management?

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Since 2001, SEM has been a leader in independent, third-party verification, certifying that new homes are designed and built to achieve high performance. We are proud to say that with nearly 20 years of building science experience, we’ve been committed to meeting our customers where they are regardless of whether they are ready to sprint towards their goals, walk slowly forward, or anywhere in between. 

B Corp

We learned a long time ago that if we held ourselves to higher standards and took care of our people and the environment, we would rise above the rest. That’s why Southern Energy Management decided to become a certified B Corp in 2009. 

B Corp verifies that SEM meets rigorous standards in social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.


Who is SEM?

We’re a passionate team dedicated to improving the way people make and use energy.

Case Study

J. Peloquin Construction is taking home building to the next level with solar power in their new pocket neighborhood, Fiori Hill, in Hillsborough, NC. Check out what makes their homes different and the impact of high-performance + solar!

News & Resources

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Building Science Guide: Best Practices for High-Performance Homes
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