October 12, 2010
Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. wins award for Green House of the Year Award
Milford PA - Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., recently won the green house home of the year award at the first annual 2010 Pike County Builders Association (PCBA) awards banquet on September 14th.
Pike County's first Certified Gold Green Home is innovative in its form, materials and function. This contemporary home is architecturally compatible with other saltbox style homes and impressive in its sustainability. Nikles meticulously selected and constructed optimal green features for this Green Home. High Performance construction was achieved in three major areas: Energy Efficiency/Comfort, Indoor Air Quality/Health, and Sustainability/Stewardship.
This home was designed and built to be an affordable "Green" home that is energy efficient, with healthy and comfortable indoor air quality and sustainability.
As attested by the Energy Star Rating Certificate, (5 Star plus rating, with a HERS index of 48), which makes this home perform 52% better than code. HERS is an energy rating system that involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and on-site inspections. The standard HERS rating for energy efficient homes, in order to become Energy Star certified is 85, or 15% more energy efficient. Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has not only created a home that performs 52% better than code, but their average HERS rating for all of their homes is 56, which is 44% more efficient, or almost triple the efficiency threshold required by Energy Star. This new, high performance home also won the NAHB Certified Gold level Green Home Certificate, and because of its efficiency, saves its owner an estimated $2,517 dollars a year in gas and electric bills.
What is also unique about this home is that the outstanding energy-efficiency rate was accomplished using ready available and affordable brand name products provided by Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. This three bedroom, two bath home is an ideal home for the first-time homebuyer, with ample room for expansion in the lower walk-out basement area.
As a full-service Home Construction and Design Company, Ed Nikles has won various local, state, and national awards including the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s "Distinguished Builders" award in 2004, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year" award in 2006, the National Association of Home Builders "Custom Homebuilder of the Year" award in 2008, and most recently the Pocono’s Choice Award as the "Leader in Home Building" in 2010 and Pike County Builders Association 2010 custom primary home, best architectural design and builder construction, in the 3500-4500 sq ft category. Pike County Builders Associations 2010 "Primary Home of the Year" award, in the category of less than 1,500 square feet.
For more information regarding Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc.’ s energy-efficient homes, please call (570) 296-9200.
September 13, 2010
Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. Constructs High Performance Home Earning the Highest Energy Star Rating
Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., has certified another Gold Level Green Home under the National Green Building Guidelines with their newest custom built home. Built with many new high-performance, energy-efficient technologies, this beautiful home also scored a 5 star + rating under the Energy Star Program and is 46% more efficient than required by code (earning a HERS rating of 54), despite its sprawling 4,800 square feet on three levels.
This new home, built in Pennsylvania, was constructed like all other Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. high performance homes - with energy-efficiency in mind. HERS (Home Energy Rating System) is an energy rating system that involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and on-site inspections. The standard HERS rating homes, in order to become Energy Star certified is 85, or 15% more energy efficient than code. In other words, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. not only surpassed the minimum requirement, but more than tripled it by obtaining a HERS rating of 46.
In order to create such an efficient home, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. installed a 3-zone hybrid multi-stage heat pump with a high efficiency propane gas back-up; 3 instant hot water heaters strategically located close to the plumbing sources; Pella Architect Series windows; an HRV (heat-recovery ventilator) system that exchanges the air in the house with fresh air; a built-in central dehumidification unit for the lower level of the house, and all Energy Star certified appliances.
It is the energy efficiency plus the proper site planning, use of sustainable materials, water saving plumbing fixtures, and the use of no or low V.O.C. products in the home that enabled them to certify this home as a Gold Level Green Home.
Ed Nikes Custom Builder, Inc. is dedicated to make every home energy-efficient, with "green" home advantages, high-performance technologies, and brand name products. Their unique building processes, including Smart Design (part of their Design/Build Process), make their homes truly unique and customized to fit not only their clients’ needs, but more importantly, their budgets.
For more information regarding Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc.’ s energy-efficient homes, please call (570) 296-9200.
May 28, 2010
Ed Nikles New Custom Home Triples the Threshold for Home Energy Efficiency
Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has raised the bar for energy efficient homes once again. Their newest high performance home, a three bedroom, two bath ranch home in Dingman Township, not only has a Five Star Plus Energy Star rating (the highest possible), is 48% more energy efficient than code requires, and has a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating of 52; it also saves its owners an estimated $2,517 dollars a year in gas and electric bills.
HERS is an energy rating system that involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and on-site inspections. The standard HERS rating for energy efficient homes, in order to become Energy Star certified is 85, or 15% more energy efficient. Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has not only created a home that is 48% energy efficient, but their average HERS rating is 56 – which is 44% more efficient, or almost triple the efficiency threshold required by Energy Star. According to Peter Vargo, a third party verifier who tested the home’s efficiency with a blower-door test, the new home is, out of over 200 houses that he’s tested, “…in the top ten of the blower-door tests that I’ve ever tested for a fiberglass insulated home.” To clarify, a blower-door test determines a home’s efficiency by replacing the entry door with a canvas door, hooking up a fan to a computer, putting negative pressure on the house and determining the home’s efficiency with special energy software.
In order to accomplish this outstanding HERS rating, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. used a variety of building techniques to make the home more efficient. In the basement, they started with a Superior Wall Xi foundation, which comes with 2.5 inches of foam (R-12.5) installed on the walls and provides superior warmth. In the skylight tunnels, they installed 4 inches of rigid foam, which is much more efficient than the standard fiberglass used by other companies, and the home was insulated with upgraded Johns Mansville Formaldehyde-Free insulation, which eliminates off-gassing found in typical fiberglass insulation. In the attic, an R-40 EPS gasketed attic entry system was installed, which uses weather-stripped thick foam to keep heat from leaving through the attic access. In addition, all of the exterior sheathing joints and wall plates were foam caulked and sealed to prevent air infiltration, and a vent fan connected to an automatic timer was installed to exhaust both humid bath and stale air from the home, ensuring cleaner air throughout the house.
As for the mechanical equipment, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. installed a tank-less water heater, which heats on demand, eliminating standing heat loss from conventional tank units and providing virtually unlimited hot water. A 95.5% efficient furnace with 2 inch R-8 insulated ducts, sealed at all joints and seams, was instituted to minimize air leakage. An Energy Star Advanced Lighting Package was installed with 100% compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), as were all Energy Star appliances, including refrigerator, dishwasher, and frontloading washing machine and Energy Star certified Pella windows.
After easily surpassing the standard required by Energy Star, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has applied for the Builder’s Challenge Certification, administered by the Department of Energy, whose minimum threshold for energy efficiency must be 30% better than code. The Builder’s Challenge Certification recognizes the outstanding home efficiency achieved by Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., whose goal is to build houses with typical construction methods that are 30-50% higher than code, not just the 15% Energy Star threshold. Their expertise on energy efficiency can save homeowners thousands of dollars per year and their company is dedicated to educating their clients on the many benefits of energy efficient homes.
For more information on this home or any other built by Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., please call (570) 296-9200.
January 15, 2010
Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is So Confident in Their Energy Efficient Homes, They’ll Pay Your Utility Bills for Two years
Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is so confident in the efficiency of their custom homes that they will pay the first two full years of gas and electricity bills, up to $4,000, for any new homeowners that buy a lot and home from them.
Yes, it’s true. In collaboration with the Federal First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, an $8,000 tax credit, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has decided to offer first time homeowners the chance to choose their dream home from his line of Custom, Green Country, and Smart Design Homes- with a guaranteed free two years, or $4,000, of gas and electricity bills. Those who take advantage of this limited-time offer can receive up to $12,000 on their first home; an opportunity that doesn’ t come around often in this economy.
Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is an award winning Custom Builder, claiming titles such as "Custom Builder of the Year" from the National Home Builders Association and the 2010 Pocono’s Choice Award for "Leader in the Home Builders" category. With over forty six years in business, his lines of custom, green, and Smart Design homes have been recognized on local, state, and national levels for their outstanding energy efficiency and beautiful design.
Green Country Homes, Nikles’ line of custom green houses, is designed to save the homeowner money on all utilities. From the building process, to water consumption, indoor air quality, and building design and materials, every aspect of a Green Country Home is energy efficient and lowers the impact the home has on the environment. Nikles built the first Gold Certified Green Home in Pike County, and Ed Nikles Sr., Ed Nikles Jr. and Jim Weber are Certified Green Professionals. This expertise has certainly proven itself in these green homes, which provide up to a 50% greater energy efficiency rate.
Smart Design Homes are also extremely energy efficient and focus on gaining the lowest possible utility and maintenance bills for the homeowner within a given budget. The idea of Smart Design, however, is to provide highly sustainable, comfortable family living, while still offering a variety of choices for the homeowner. These choices include price, size, energy efficiency, green options, universal design, products, and land, so all individual needs are met exactly. With Smart Design, the homeowner is guaranteed to get not only everything they want, but with assured low maintenance bills.
Both the Federal First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit and the Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers expire on April 30th, 2010. In order to receive the two years or $4,000 in gas and electric bills from Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., the buyer must be a first time homebuyer of a principal residence and have a binding sales contract signed by April 30th, 2010.
For more information regarding this offer, please call Ed Nikles Custom Builder at (570) 296-9200.