It’s time again for the annual Spring Green Home Tour! Each year the High Performance Building Council hosts the Triangle’s free self-guided tour showcasing high-performance green homes in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Wake and adjacent counties. This year, we are proud to highlight our Builder Partners of 19 of the homes on the tour. These homes not only look great, but will be more comfortable and efficient than homes not built to a green standard. Learn more about these High-Performance and Green Built Homes below!
Click on the interactive map to preview the High-Performance Homes we’ve certified in this year’s Green Home Tour
Learn more about the programs that certify these homes are high performing and energy efficient
The HERS or Home Energy Rating System is the nationally recognized system for inspecting, testing and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy efficiency and recommend improvements that can be made to increase it. A home built to code standard ranks in at 100. The lower a home ranks, the more energy efficient it is!
ENERGY STAR certification reduces energy bills and improves comfort, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR certified new homes are built so all energy efficiency systems and features lead to optimal home performance. Value-adding energy efficiency features and a combination of materials and equipment deliver better performance and an overall superior level of quality.
We are proud to say that with nearly 20 years of building science experience, Southern Energy Management is the founder of ecoSelect. This program features straightforward standards proven to increase energy efficiency by focusing on compontents such as quality assurance, high performance building envelope, programmable thermostats, energy efficient lighting, high efficiency HVAC, reduced water usage, and advanced air sealing.
HERO code is a utility incentive program that pays builders for constructing more energy efficient homes. Investing in an energy efficient home can can reduce your annual utility costs by 15 percent or more. Energy-efficient homes are built above code level to ensure comfort, value, air quality, durability, and safety.
The National Green Building Standard, developed by Home Innovation Research Labs, is a six part certification program designed to ensure healthier homes with healthier occupants. NGBS focuses on improving site design, resource efficiency, water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental air quality, and building operation and maintenance. This ensures homes are third-party verified to be healthier, cost less to operate, and promote a sustainable lifestyle.
We’re happy to help find the program that’s right for you!