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)
You understood our needs and helped us see imaginative ways to meet them. You were practical and creative. You worked with our budget (and helped us keep it in mind as well)...I need to mention one more thing, however. As fine as the renovation is ... the experience of working with you was incomparable. You listened to us as carefully as anyone I have ever done business with. ...Others must say the same thing about Shelter Alternatives…about the excellence of the product, the care of the process, the integrity of the relationship. But I want to add our appreciation to theirs… Your work for us was simply beautiful. Thank you.
Rich M., May 1998