Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. specializes in high performance homes that are extremely energy efficient, giving you the opportunity to save thousands of dollars per year in gas and electric bills. From the insulation, heating, hot water, air quality, and caulking and sealing process, to the windows, doors, appliances, lighting systems (CFL or LED), ventilating, and lighting controls, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. works with Energy Star, Builders Challenge, and the EPA Indoor airPlus to build homes that are, on average, 44% more efficient than required by code and have an average HERS rating of 56. With utility costs rising, your HERS score is going to become nearly as important as your home's address in the next few years. By building or remodeling your home to be energy efficient from the very beginning, you’ll save yourself money in the future. For recent examples of these high performance homes, visit Nikles in the News.
Energy Star: Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that helps the consumer save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy efficient options, such as those offered by Energy Star, save families about a third on their energy bill, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and still provide all the features, style, and comfort of a traditional-style home. In order for a home to be considered Energy Star certified, it must be a minimum 15% more energy-efficient than code, and have a HERS rating of 85 or lower.
Builders Challenge: Builders Challenge is a program administered by the Department of Energy (DOE) whose goal is to recognize industry leaders and build the pathway to Net-Zero energy efficient homes for all Americans. In order to be certified by Builders Challenge, homes must be at least 30% energy efficient when tested by a third party verifier, or have a E-Scale rating of 70 or lower. The minimum efficiency threshold for Builder Challenge is double that of Energy Star.
EPA Indoor airPlus: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), homebuyers are increasingly concerned about the indoor air quality of their homes. Issues like mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals have received greater attention than ever as poor indoor air quality has been linked to a host of health problems. We can employ a variety of construction practices and techniques in our new homes to help address these concerns.
Home Energy Rating System (HERS): The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to evaluate a home’s energy efficiency. A home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS index of 100, while a net-zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.