Energy Plus Qualified Homes

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Cates Building ENERGY PLUS Qualified homes are designed and built to provide greater energy efficiency and comfort. What does that mean?

Lowered cost of ownership and energy bills. The EPA's ENERGY PLUS standards require the home to be at least 15% more efficient than typical code built homes ( 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.

About Our Energy Plus Homes

How You Benefit

Greater Comfort

ENERGY PLUS standards improve overall comfort through minimizing uneven temperatures, more effectively distributing air and better regulating temperature and humidity variations.

Cost Savings

Feel even more secure in knowing that you'll save money on your utilities each month. Because our homes are on average 15% to 30% more efficient than typically built homes, homeowners save more money on energy bills.

Environmentally Responsible

Because Energy Plus qualified homes are designed to be more energy efficient, they help reduce your home's carbon footprint.

Features of an Energy Plus Home

1. Efficient Duct & HVAC Systems
Sealed ducts help deliver conditioned air more effectively and permit the heating and cooling system to operate with less effort.

2. Tightly Sealed Exterior & Effective Insulation
Sealing a home's exterior helps reduce drafts, dust and pollen. Properly installed insulation helps to reduce energy consumption, improve overall comfort, and minimize indoor temperature variability.

3. Water Conservation
The engineering of low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets reduces water usage. The environmental benefits include increased water supply to local streams, wetlands, and their natural inhabitants.

4. Green Building Practices
Using local suppliers and recycled materials in construction help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Low "E" Windows
Windows help save energy through the use of one or more advanced technologies, such as low-emissivity (low-e) coatings.

6. Independent Review
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, we choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for our homes. Additionally, raters conduct on site testing and inspections of all homes to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.

Energy Plus Ranking System

We're committed to have all of our homes rated with the HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System). This scoring system has been established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home 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.

Each one-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient.

Cates Building Communities and RESNET have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in promoting improved home energy performance and home energy ratings of new homes.

The intent of the MOU is to raise consumers knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET's HERS Index. This will clearly differentiate homes built by Cates Building Homes and put competitive pressure on the new home industry in the North Carolina market to follow suit. It is expected that this agreement will serve as a model to other local and regional builders that would have positive outcomes for consumers, RESNET and the new home industry.

*All homes may not have all features; some exceptions may apply; ENERGY PLUS features and specifications subject to change without notice. For further details, check with your Community Specialist regarding the community features and specifications.