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)
We are enjoying watching the new house being built … Just wanted to tell you that we’re thrilled with the whole process. Joe was and is wonderful to work with - love his vision and his caring self. He pushed us when we needed to be pushed and was supportive when we needed that. Alice’s creative self has opened me up to possibilities that I would have never considered on my own but which I love and am most excited to actually see in place. John went way beyond anything that was required of him in helping us deal with the insurance company. We feel so lucky to be working with the Shelter team and all your sub-contractors.
Annie S., December 2015