A new home may look great from the outside. But it’s what you can’t see from the outside that can make a big difference in your energy bills and comfort for years to come.
Know the score before you buy a new home!
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to know how energy efficient and well built a new home is—before you buy. Simply look for a home with a low Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Score. The HERS Score is the measure of a home’s energy efficiency—and the lower the score, the more energy-efficient and well-built the home.
It’s what’s inside that counts.
By participating in the Duke Energy Progress Residential New Construction Program, builders across our Carolinas service territory are making a commitment to building better, more energy-efficient homes. In fact, homes that qualify for the program achieve an additional 15-20 percent in energy savings beyond homes built to state building code requirements.
Independent, nationally accredited Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Raters verify that qualifying homes have low HERS Scores and include these important energy-saving features:
• Increased insulation values
• Tighter building shells
• High performance HVAC systems
• High-efficiency windows
A lower score leads to higher savings.
Low HERS Scores determine a home’s quality and energy efficiency. (The lower the score, the more efficient and better-built the home.) A standard new home in the Duke Energy Progress service territory scores 85. The high-performance homes that qualify for our Residential New Construction Program feature an average HERS Score between 70 and 55, as verified by an independent HERS Rater.
By choosing a home with a HERS Score in this range, you are choosing to pay less on monthly energy bills while living in one of the most energy-efficient and comfortable homes available today.
All HERS Raters are certified by The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Learn more here.
Savings and quality, built-in.
Live out the long-term benefits of a home that qualifies for our Residential New Construction Program.
Homes achieve an additional 15-20 percent in energy efficiency beyond code minimums, resulting in energy bill savings month after month.
The high design standards result in a higher-quality home that is built to last, providing comfort and savings for years to come.
Homes feature tighter construction, increased insulation, high-performance heating and cooling systems and high-efficiency windows--all working together to provide you with a consistently comfortable indoor environment.
Heating and Cooling Energy Usage Limited Guarantee.
Builders participating in the Residential New Construction Program may choose to offer a Heating and Cooling Energy Usage Limited Guarantee for qualifying homes. This guarantee ensures you can be confident in your home’s heating and cooling energy efficiency. Duke Energy Progress uses a third-party administrator to manage and financially back the Limited Guarantee. Find complete warranty information here.
Check with your builder for complete details on how to take advantage of the Limited Guarantee. Or call us toll free at 855.679.4906.
To get started, find a builder in your area.
A better home, inside and out.
Homes that achieve a qualifying HERS Score are designed and constructed with a whole-home approach to energy efficiency and verified by a nationally accredited independent Home Energy Rater-- meaning they are simply better-built, through and through. Each qualifying home has these energy-saving features designed to help you live at the highest level of efficiency.
1. Increased insulation
Increased insulation helps keep heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. The Residential New Construction Program requires participating builders to install higher quality insulation (R-19 in the walls and R-38 in the attic) using enhanced installation techniques to help minimize gaps that would otherwise lead to uncomfortable temperatures inside your home.
2. Tighter building shell
Air leaks are a common feature of inefficient homes, leading to high energy bills and an uncomfortable indoor environment. Homes built under the program’s specifications feature tight building envelopes that are at least 20 percent tighter than minimum building code requirements. When air leaks are minimized, energy savings and comfort are maximized.
3. Greater HVAC duct performance
Program-qualifying homes require heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) duct systems that distribute the optimal amount of air to every room, ensuring you’ll enjoy maximum thermal comfort and efficiency from your home’s HVAC system. In fact, homes that qualify for the Residential New Construction Program have duct systems that perform 33 percent more efficiently than those designed to meet minimum building code requirements.
4. High-efficiency windows
Inefficient windows let too much heat out of your home in the winter and too much heat into your home in the summer. They also let in direct sunlight, which over time can fade furniture and carpet. A program-qualifying home requires high-efficiency low-e (low emissivity) windows with a special coating that reduces the amount of heat transferring through the glass, letting you enjoy cooler summers and warmer winters. The coating also helps protect your carpets, drapes and furniture from the damages of direct sunlight.
Use this handy checklist to ensure the homes you’re considering include these important energy-saving features.
Find a participating builder
Many builders in the Duke Energy Progress service territory have made a commitment to building better, more energy-efficient homes. These program-participating builders have elected to improve the energy efficiency of their homes to help homeowners save money and enjoy the benefits of enhanced durability and comfort.
Use this checklist to talk with your builder about the home’s energy-efficient features.
Find builders in your area by selecting a region below:
|Alfonso Socarras||Asheville & surrounding areas, NC||828.775.5901|
|Amarx Construction||Asheville, NC||828.775.4001|
|Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity||Asheville, NC||828.231.0940|
|Audubon Building Company, LLC||Asheville, NC||828.252.7787|
|Beach Builders||Asheville, NC||828.450.1508|
|Bellwether Design Build||Asheville, NC||828.225.5990|
|Blue Ridge Energy Systems||Fletcher, NC||828.775.8665|
|Blue Ridge Mountain Homes||Black Mountain, NC||828.669.1090|
|Brigman Custom Builders||Weaverville, NC||828.273.1185|
|Broadcraft Construction & Development, Inc.||Mills River, NC||828.551.6970|
|Brock Builders, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.243.6105|
|Builtwright Construction Company||Asheville, NC||828.545.0052|
|Cady and Guyton Construction||Alexander, NC||828.683.3688|
|DeBord Enterprises, LLC||Asheville, NC||828.974.1700|
|Demos Builders, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.777.2395|
|Direct Contracting, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.216.8077|
|Doug McLean General Contractor||Weaverville, NC||828.777.0506|
|Equinox Woodworks||Burnsville, NC||828.284.6552|
|Green Acres Eco Building||Asheville, NC||828.681.0851|
|Green Mountain||Asheville, NC||828.656.1122|
|Greencraft, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.273.0128|
|Hankins Builders||Black Mountain, NC||828.273.3438|
|HomeSource Real Estate & Construction, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.252.1022|
|Irving Homes, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.450.0102|
|Jade Mountain Builders & Co. Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.216.3948|
|JAG and Associates Construction||Asheville, NC||828.216.0914|
|JD Hanson Design Build, LLC||Arden, NC||828.230.2278|
|JSS Homes, LLC||Candler, NC||828.215.9622|
|Lifestyle Homes of Distinction, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.274.1004|
|Living Stone Construction||Black Mountain, NC||828.669.4343|
|Longview Builders, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.423.8902|
|Majestic Estate Builders, LLC||Arden, NC||828.551.5670|
|Meinch Construction, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.243.3097|
|Morgan-Keefe Builders||Asheville, NC||828.693.8562|
|Mountain Realty Builders, LLC||Asheville, NC||828.333.9502|
|Mountain Sun Building & Design||Asheville, NC||828.713.0549|
|Nicholson and Sun, LLC.||Asheville, NC||662.613.0392|
|Osada Construction, LLC||Asheville, NC||828.606.5295|
|The Pitrolo Company||Asheville, NC||828.778.8589|
|Preish Construction, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.776.4444|
|RS Motley Construction, LLC||Asheville, NC||828.776.7470|
|R-Squared Construction, Inc.||Clyde, NC||828.582.3933|
|Red Tree Builders, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.712.1518|
|Sam Koerber Construction, LLC||Arden, NC||828.329.8522|
|S & I Construction||Asheville, NC||828.215.1199|
|Sineath Construction||Weaverville, NC||828.450.2936|
|Solid Rock Builders, LLC.||Asheville, NC||828.712.3280|
|Springtime Homes||Asheville, NC||828.329.2146|
|Standing Stone Builders, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.713.2771|
|Sun Construction & Realty, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.777.7786|
|Sure Foot Builders, Inc.||Asheville, NC||828.242.0925|
|Trio Construction||Asheville, NC||828.230.6888|
|Tyner Construction Company||Burnsville, NC||828.682.7421|
|Wells/CM, LLC||Asheville, NC||828.712.2669|
|Absolute Construction & Development, LLC||Pittsboro, NC||919.929.1057|
|Amward Homes of NC, Inc.||Cary, NC||919.319.6162|
|Anchorage Building Corp||Chapel Hill, NC||919.240.5209|
|Ange Signature Homes||Cary, NC||919.388.3636|
|Ashton Woods Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.235.0247|
|Barker & Lovette General Contractors||Raleigh, NC||919.322.1189|
|Beaman Building and Realty, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.828.8484|
|Beazer Homes||Raleigh, NC||904.759.9858|
|Bent Tree Homes, LLC||Wake, Frankin, Granville||919.669.5959|
|Bill Clark Homes of Greenville||Greenville, NC||252.355.5805|
|Bill Reaves Construction Co., Inc.||West End, NC||910.673.0004|
|Blankenship Custom Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.852.0164|
|Bluewater Custom Homes, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.669.5929|
|Brandywine Homes, Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||919.427.8982|
|Cambridge Classic Homes, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.562.5751|
|Carroll Construction Homes, Inc.||Willow Spring, NC||919.639.3281|
|Chatham Habitat for Humanity||Pittsboro, NC||919.542.0794|
|Chesapeake Homes||Raleigh, NC||866.677.5611|
|Concept 8, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.883.4941|
|Concept Contracting & Design||Louisburg, NC||252.478.5688|
|Cornerstone Residential Builders, Inc.||Holly Springs, NC||919.868.1336|
|Cornett Custom Homes, Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||919.562.7773|
|Daniel Adams Construction Company||Pinehurst, NC||910.295.1504|
|David Weekley Homes, LLC.||Raleigh-Durham, NC||919.659.1500|
|Denali Homes Inc.||Cary, NC||919.369.0190|
|Dickerson Builders, Inc.||Bunn, NC||919.496.1527|
|Foreverhome, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.870.9711|
|Four Seasons Contractors, LLC||Nashville, NC||252.462.0002|
|Foxwood Builders, Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||919.271.9164|
|Future Homes by Jim Thompson, Inc.||Apex, NC||919.363.4111|
|Garman Homes||Durham, NC||919.452.9769|
|Goldmark Construction Group, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.669.5929|
|Grande Manor Homes||Youngsville, NC||919.669.5933|
|Gray Line Builders, LLC||Cary, NC||919.535.8135|
|Grayson Homes, Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||919.801.1187|
|Highland Builders, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.847.4447|
|Hickman Construction Company, Inc.||Pinehurst, NC||910.987.9200|
|Homes by Dickerson||Raleigh, NC||919.847.4447|
|Homes by Michael Ford, LLC||Clayton, NC||919.669.2295|
|Homes By Vanderbuilt||Sanford, NC||800.537.2448|
|Inland Builders, LLC||Clayton, NC||919.550.3800|
|Innovative Green Builders, Inc.||Henderson & Raleigh, NC||252.432.1445|
|Jarman Homes, Inc.||Clayton, NC||919.553.0513|
|JF Builders & Associates, LLC||Cary, NC||919.422.2214|
|John C. Sanders & Co.LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.909.2525|
|John S. Rose Building, Inc.||Holly Springs, NC||919.552.3813|
|Jordan Built Homes||Knightdale, NC||919.266.4966|
|J.T. Lewis Builders, Inc.||Chapel Hill, NC||919.942.2848|
|K-Hovnanian Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.238.5166|
|KB Home||Durham, NC||919.768.7975|
|Kingdom Community Development Corp||Spring Lake, NC||910.484.2722|
|Lawrence Homes, Inc.||Creedmoor, NC||919.528.7767|
|Lefrancois Construction Co, Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||919.219.4236|
|Legacy Custom Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.781.3800|
|Lennar Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.337.0244|
|McDuffie Custom Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.427.7161|
|Manning Homes, Inc.||Garner, NC||919.422.9942|
|Massengill Design Build||Fuquay-Varina, NC||919-614.2911|
|Matrix Buiding Company||Raleigh, NC||919.291.9217|
|Matthews Realty and Development, LLC||Linwood, NC||336.243.7506|
|MBC Homes, LLC||Wake Forest, NC||919.570.2005|
|Meritage Homes of the Carolinas, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.926.2600|
|MJR Homes, Inc.||Cary, NC||919.369.5434|
|MJ Rose Homes||Apex, NC||919.369.3714|
|Morningstar Homes Inc.||Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC||919.981.0341|
|Mullen & Company, Inc.||Rocky Mount, NC||252.443.0300|
|Newphire Building Corp.||Chapel Hill, NC||919.928.2664|
|New Vista Development, Inc.||Chapel Hill, NC||919.625.4336|
|O'Connell Developing, LLC||Cary, NC||919.291.3794|
|Olde Heritage Builders||Zebulon, NC||919.269.4555|
|Out of the Woods Builders, Inc.||Pittsboro, NC||919.636.0127|
|Paramount Homes, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.772.1334|
|Phil Miller Construction||Raleigh, NC||919.414.2900|
|Raleigh Custom Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.847.2664|
|Red/Brand Inc.||Pinehurst, NC||910.894.0831|
|Residential Builders, Inc.||Wake, Frankin, Granville||919.669.5929|
|Revolution Homes, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.526.2781|
|Robuck Design Build LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.277.1106|
|Robuck Homes Triangle, LLC||Raleigh, NC||919.277.1127|
|Royalty Homes, Inc.||Clayton, NC||919.333.4611|
|S & D Builders Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.669.2885|
|Sage Built, LLC||Cary, NC||919.614.9780|
|Satterwhite Construction Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.266.0033|
|Saussy Burbank Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.781.5225|
|SAVVY Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.781.8104|
|Sawyer Homes Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||919.556.1100|
|Scott Daves Construction Co., Inc.||Cary, NC||919.868.4005|
|Scott Rhodes Building, Inc.||Benson, NC||919.894.1598|
|Snyder-Hankins Custom Homes, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.870.6339|
|Spectrum Homes, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.848.2041|
|Stancil Builders, Inc.||Angier, NC||919.639.2073|
|Stanley Martin Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.977.8760|
|Stanton Homes, Inc.||Apex, NC||919.278.8070|
|Stephenson Builders, Inc.||Angier, NC||919.730.7802|
|Steve Sypher Designs, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.931.6506|
|Stewart Construction & Development Co.||West End, NC||910.673.1929|
|Stuart M. Jones Custom Homes, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.782.5651|
|Sumner Construction||Youngsville, NC||919.422.5713|
|Terramor Homes||Raleigh, NC||800.831.3720|
|Tonic Construction||Raleigh, NC||919.793.5063|
|Ty Gay Builders Inc.||Kinston, NC||252.522.3926|
|Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.||Monroe, NC||704.296.9414|
|Upton & Co., Inc.||Cary, NC||919.387.9006|
|Valenti Homes, LLC||Wake Forest, NC||919.809.4044|
|WMLR, Inc. dba Walker Design Build||Cary, NC||919.234.4284|
|Walk Softly, LLC||Franklinton, NC||919.799.6819|
|Wardson Construction Inc.||Cary, NC||919.462.0775|
|Westmoreland Homes||Raleigh, NC||919.301.0467|
|Winslow Custom Homes||Wake Forest, NC||919.696.1318|
|Woodall Construction Company, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||919.669.0990|
|Art Davis Construction Inc.||Wilmington, NC||910.612.6596|
|BBK Building, LLC||Wilmington, NC||910.617.3147|
|Bill Clark Homes of Wilmington, LLC||Wilmington, NC||910.350.1744|
|Bradley-Barnes Construction Co.||Carolina Beach, NC||910.443.2249|
|C.F. Evans Construction||Orangeburg, SC||803.513.2207|
|Castle Home Builders||Hampstead, NC||910.233.7900|
|Christopher Building||Wilmington, NC||910.233.3061|
|Coastal Cypress Building Company||Wilmington, NC||910.212.2207|
|David James and Company||Wilmington, NC||910.443.3184|
|Dean Adams Construction, Inc.||New Bern, NC||252.636.7346|
|Doster Buiding Company, Inc.||Wrightsville Beach, NC||910.619.2459|
|Dutch Built Homes||Carolina Beach, NC||910.305.4604|
|Eco Modern Homes||Chocowinity, NC||252.833.4335|
|Ellison Building Company||Wilmington, NC||910.200.3572|
|Fasse Construction & Development, Inc.||Wrightsville Beach, NC||910.679.4277|
|H&H Homes||Fayetteville, NC||910.486.4864|
|H&H Onsite Homes, LLC||Fayetteville, NC||910.486.4864|
|Herrington Homes||Wilmington, NC||910.399.5688|
|Highland Company of Eastern NC, LLC||Rocky Mount, NC||252.450.9799|
|Jernigan Homes||Wilmington, NC||910.350.8226|
|JSA Inc. Dba Energy Smart Structures||Wilmington, NC||910.538.8884|
|Konrady & Son Construction, LLC||Wilmington, NC||910.262.9624|
|Redland Development Incorporated||Wilmington, NC||910.443.2700|
|RMB Building & Design, LLC||Wilmington, NC||910.256.6326|
|Scheper & Associates, Inc.||New Bern, NC||252.637.9770|
|Secof Construction Company, Inc.||Carolina Beach, NC||910.458.5605|
|Sterling Custom Construction||Wilmington, NC||901.231.1844|
|Stevens Fine Homes||Wilmington, NC||910.332.8533|
|Streamline Developers, LLC||Morehead City, NC||252.521.3595|
|Vince Lutheran Homes||Carolina/Kure Beach, NC||910.279.0145|
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the new industry standard for energy efficiency. The lower the score, the more energy and money you’ll save. To receive a HERS Score, each home must be verified by a nationally accredited independent Home Energy Rater.
The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index. A standard new home in the Duke Energy Progress service territory scores 85.
High-performance new homes that qualify for our Residential New Construction Program score on average between 70 and 55, making these homes among the most energy-efficient homes being built in the U.S. today.
To learn more about the HERS Index and how it works, visit resnet.us/hers-index.
Homes built to program requirements take a whole-home approach to energy efficiency that focuses on ensuring a tight thermal envelope (walls, roof and floor). The result is a home that achieves an additional 15-20 percent in energy efficiency beyond the code minimums. Key energy-saving features include:
Increased insulation – Insulation helps keep heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Participating builders are required to install increased insulation R-values (a minimum of R-19 in the walls and R-38 in the attic) and to use enhanced insulation techniques that help to minimize voids and gaps, which helps reduce drafts in the home. The installation of insulation throughout the home is verified and graded by the HERS Rater to ensure the utmost energy efficiency value for the home.
A tighter building shell – Numerous air leaks can make a home uncomfortable and increase energy bills. Most leaks are in places such as around pipes and air ducts that go into the attic. The Residential New Construction Program requires the builder to seal those places where pipes and ducts leave the house allowing only a small amount of overall air leakage – much less than the typical home. The amount of air leakage is quantified by the HERS Rater — a maximum of four air changes per hour--during the blower door test. This independent verification ensures that the home’s thermal envelope is at least 20 percent tighter than those designed to building code requirements.
Greater HVAC duct performance –Duct systems are designed and installed so that the right amount of air reaches every room. To make sure that your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork works as it should, the HERS Rater performs a duct blaster test to check for any leaks in the ductwork and air handler. (There must be no more than 4 percent duct leakage.) This ensures that you benefit from the maximum efficiency and capacity of your home’s HVAC system. In fact, qualifying homes have duct systems that perform 33 percent more efficiently than those designed to minimum building code requirements.
High-efficiency windows –Windows required under the program must have a U-factor of .32 or less along with a special coating that helps keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This type of window is called a "low-e" window. ("Low-e" stands for low emissivity, which is a measure of how much heat will move through the glass.) The coating also helps address any fading effect that sunlight may have on carpets, drapes and furnishings. The low-e coating is practically invisible, to the point that you will probably never notice that it is there.
Builders participating in the Residential New Construction Program may choose to offer a Heating and Cooling Energy Usage Limited Guarantee with qualifying homes. The guarantee is administered by a third party in collaboration with Duke Energy Progress. The Limited Guarantee:
Check with your builder for complete details on how to take advantage of the Limited Guarantee.
All new homes can receive a HERS Score, including homes that have received ENERGY STAR or other green or energy-efficient certifications or labels. Builders who participate in the Residential New Construction Program may choose to have their homes certified by one or more third parties as an additional approach to ensuring home energy performance; however, it is not a requirement of the program to do so.
In an effort to reduce energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of new home construction, Duke Energy Progress is partnering with builders to help ensure the use of added energy-efficient products and building practices. Homes built to program standards consume less energy and save homeowners money on their energy bills for years to come.
Contact any of our participating builders for information on their qualifying homes. Or call us at 855.679.4906 if you have additional questions.