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 have worked with Shelter on two different projects, with the most recent one being the building of our current home. From design to finish, these guys are the best. I would not trust my project with anyone else. They are clearly a leader in this business in our area.
Velvet M., August 2013