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Posted on Jul 10, 2018

Checklist for building a custom energy efficient home on your private lot/land

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Building your own custom home is an exciting process. There are several steps to follow to make sure your home is planned and designed specifically to meet the needs of you and your family. This includes determining a budget, securing a homesite, creating a floor plan, considering finishings and then finalizing the project with your builder. The following is a complete checklist for building a custom energy efficient home.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2018

Good questions to ask a home builder


Buying or building a new home is an extensive process that takes several months from start to finish. You'll need to work with a seasoned sales professional that can provide you with quality information and home building expertise. There are several steps to take when vetting a new home builder sales professional.

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Posted on May 09, 2018

Ensuring your home meets the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Quality Guidelines


A Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) is not only extremely energy efficient but provides exceptional comfort and durability. There are several standards that must be met to ensure your home meets the highest quality guidelines set in place by the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as several other quality assurance systems.

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Posted on Apr 12, 2018

What is a solar ready home?

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The U.S. Green Building Council states that installing solar panels can help you significantly minimize energy bills, earn tax rebates, help the environment and start saving money the first day you use them. Solar energy can generate electricity for your home through a process called photovoltaics (PV).

If you're ready to reap the benefits of solar energy, it's important to understand what it means to have a solar ready home, the different types of solar sources available and the various components that will be needed.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2018

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important for Your Home?


The quality of the air you breathe affects not only your immediate comfort, but also your long-term health. According to Consumer Reports, the air inside your home can actually be five times more polluted than the air outside. It's necessary to know what systems are an essential part of a healthy home, the symptoms of poor air quality and the many reasons indoor air quality is so important.

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Posted on Feb 27, 2018

How to Claim the Geothermal Tax Credit Extension

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A bill was recently passed in Congress that included the reinstatement of the geothermal tax credit. That means that Congress has extended the tax breaks for clean energy up to 30 percent. This bill will specifically extend federal credits for both commercial and residential installation of geothermal heat pumps. There are several steps you need to take to claim your geothermal tax credit. You'll find that going green is actually more affordable and will put more cash in your pocket.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2018

Why Smart Technology Is Critical to an Energy Efficient Home


According to Energy.gov, an energy efficient home is comfortable, durable and designed with state-of-the-art construction and renewable energy systems. An energy efficient home should also include smart technology. A smart home can automatically adjust heat settings, detect food spoilage in the fridge and monitor the movements of children and pets. There are several important reasons why smart technology is critical to an energy efficient home.

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Posted on Feb 09, 2018

Why Geothermal Heating and Cooling is More Energy Efficient than Traditional HVAC Systems

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When building or purchasing a home, how it will be heated and cooled is one of the most important decisions you'll make. Energy efficiency, overall costs and the effects on the environment are all important aspects to consider. There are several reasons why you should choose geothermal heating and cooling instead of a traditional HVAC system.

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Posted on Jan 09, 2018

Why Is Moisture Control in Homes So Important?

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When you're building a home, you want to make sure the structure is protected from excessive moisture. There are several important reasons why moisture control is necessary, and many steps you can take to make sure your home is protected.

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Posted on Jan 04, 2018

How to Future Proof your Home for Thermal Protection?

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If your home is built with superior technology and design it will provide the highest level of protection from wind, rain, heat and cold. Your home's ability to do this efficiently is one of the most crucial aspects of the home's ability to keep consistent ambient temperature. This means you need to select a builder that knows how to construct a home with the highest standards of thermal protection. There are several ways you can provide thermal protection for your home.

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Posted on Dec 04, 2017

Finding a Zero Energy Ready Home Builder


Purchasing or building a home is one of the biggest investments you'll probably ever make. You'll want a home that is beautifully designed, as well as comfortable, healthy and durable. It's also more important than ever to build a home that is energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable. A Zero Energy Ready Home can provide all these things while ultimately saving you money. There are several reasons why you should invest in a Zero Energy Ready Home.

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Posted on Nov 08, 2017

Tax-Friendly Retirement Living in Pennsylvania

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Different factors inspire people to construct a new home out of state. You may want a fresh start in a new place. Maybe you are moving for a job, to be closer to family, or to pursue a comfortable retirement. If you feel the urge to move for any reason, you should certainly explore your options in Pennsylvania, home of beautiful land and expert builders. One of these builders, High Performance Homes (HPH), is the leader in high-performance energy home building and can construct an energy-efficient dream house for you that creates a beautiful and sustainable lifestyle. When you choose HPH, you are choosing a new way of life.

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