Are you in the market for a new home? High-performance new homes that qualify for our Residential New Construction program are some of the highest-quality and most energy-efficient homes being built in the U.S. today.
It’s all about the score.
Choose a new home with a low Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score for lower energy bills. These homes are verified by a nationally accredited independent Home Energy Rater to achieve an additional 15-20% in energy efficiency beyond building code minimums.
• Increased insulation values
• High-efficiency windows
• Tighter building shell
• Greater HVAC duct performance
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.
Under this program, builders have elected to improve the energy efficiency of their homes over and above homes built to minimum state code requirements. In fact, the increased energy efficiency measures of each home have been evaluated as the most cost-effective measures for achieving an additional 15-20% in energy efficiency beyond the code minimums.
Also, due to the homes’ energy-efficient design and low HERS scores, many participating builders offer a Heating and Cooling Energy Usage Limited Guarantee for qualifying homes. View the FAQs tab for more information.
If you’re in the market for a new home that can save you money on your energy bills month after month, look to our list of participating builders to get started.
Many builders in the Duke Energy Progress service territory have made a commitment to building better, more energy-efficient homes by participating in our Residential New Construction Program. These builders have elected to improve the energy efficiency of their homes compared to homes built to minimum state code requirements.
Find a participating builder here in the area of your choice.
The Duke Energy Progress Residential New Construction Program launched January 2013. Remember to check back frequently as new builders are continually joining.
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 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. That means these new homes are some of 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% in energy efficiency beyond the code minimums. Key energy-efficient features include:
• Reduced air leakage – Air leaks are common in homes. These leaks bring in cold air in the winter and hot, humid air in the summer. Numerous air leaks can make the home uncomfortable and cause high energy bills. Windows and doors get most of the blame for these leaks, but in most houses they contribute only a small amount of the leakage. Most leaks are in places such as pipes and air ducts that go into the attic. The Duke Energy Progress Residential New Construction Program requires the builder to seal those places where pipes and ducts leave the house. Most of this work is difficult, or impossible, to see. Homes built under the program’s specifications are allowed only a small amount of overall air leakage – much less than the typical home. The amount of air leakage is quantified by the Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Rater during the blower door test. This independent verification ensures that your home’s thermal envelope complies with the higher program specifications – which makes it at least 20 percent tighter than building code requirements.
• Increased insulation – Insulation helps keep heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. The Residential New Construction Program requires participating builders to install increased insulation R-values and to use enhanced insulation techniques that help to minimize voids and gaps, which can help reduce drafts in your house. Great care has been taken by your builder to make sure that you get the maximum value from your insulation. The installation of insulation throughout the home is verified and graded by the HERS Rater to ensure the utmost energy efficiency value for your home.
• High-efficiency windows – Windows allow in light and fresh air. However, older windows can let too much heat out in the winter and too much heat in during the summer. And they let in full sunlight, which over time may fade furnishings. The windows required under the program have a special coating that reduces heat going through the glass. 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.) These high-efficiency windows make it easier to keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The coating also helps address any fading effect that sunlight may have on carpets, drapes and furnishings in the house. The low-e coating is practically invisible, so much so that you will probably never notice that it is there.
• Greater HVAC duct performance – Duct systems must be designed and installed so that the right amount of air reaches every room. To ensure 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. This ensures that you benefit from the maximum efficiency and capacity of 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 building code requirements.
Builders participating in the Residential New Construction Program may choose to offer a Heating and Cooling Energy Usage Limited Guarantee on qualifying homes. Duke Energy Progress uses a third-party administrator to manage and financially back the Limited Guarantee.
• The Limited Guarantee covers only the energy used to heat and cool the home. It does not cover energy used for nonheating and noncooling activities such as energy used for pools, spas and gas fire pits, just to name a few.
• The amount of the Limited Guarantee is calculated using a computer model to simulate the energy required to heat and cool the home in a typical weather year. It does not guarantee a monthly dollar amount.
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.
All new homes can receive a HERS Index, 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 other 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 or 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.