November 08, 2011
Local design build team Shelter Alternatives, Inc. recently received notice from the certification agency EarthCraft Virginia that a new home Shelter built in Floyd this year received an energy rating 61% lower than required by current energy code. The 1.5 story custom brick home, designed and planned in partnership with the owners and local architect Melissa Obiso, reached a new level of efficiency for the company, showing that properly applied building science principles translate to lower energy bills and greater comfort for homeowners.
Having made a 100% commitment to Energy Star standards, the design build team at Shelter Alternatives completes all new homes to surpass the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 85, which is 15% more efficient than current energy code requirements. Annually, their homes average a HERS score of 56. The new best rating of 39 exceeds expectations, bringing the potential of a net-zero energy use home into view for our community.
In 2011, Earthcraft VA recognized Shelter Alternatives, Inc. for building this Floyd home - the 3rd most efficient new home certified in Virginia!
Update: Latest Rating is (39) (2011)
To everyone at Shelter - We can’t believe it has been 10 years since the completion of our lovely home. We are so proud of it and when showing it off, our friends and family are always amazed at the attention to detail given and the superior construction.
We are grateful for all the hard work everyone put into our home and every home Shelter completes. The quality puts us at ease, knowing how secure our home is. We just wanted to recognize and thank you for being the best home builders in the area, probably in the state!
Michael and Marilyn G., August 2016