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New Energy Efficient/Energy Star and Green Built Homes in Loveland, CO and Northern Colorado by R&R Homes

  • December 11, 2012

All R&R Homes new construction is built to the Energy Star Version 3.1 program and adhere to the Green Building standards.

R&R Homes is 100% committed to building Energy Star rated homes and is one of the few builders in Northern Colorado to do this. The benefits of Energy Star are plenty so please read below or visit R&R Homes Energy Star for more information.

April 26 2016 – Today we received an email from Energy Star that said “Energy Star thanks R&R Homes for its outstanding commitment to energy-efficient new homes and for contributing 8 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2015. Which is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 14 metric tons, or: Growing 344 tree seedlings for 10 years OR Avoiding the consumption of 31 barrels of oil OR Removing 3 passenger vehicles from the road.” Not only are you helping the environment and the future which your energy efficient choice in homes but you are also saving money on monthly utilities and you have better indoor air quality and a home that will last longer and require less maintenance.

R&RHomes 100% Energy Star commitment 2016

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For more information on Energy Star and Green Building in Northern Colorado, please call R&R Homes at 970-567-0907 or click here to visit us at R&R Homes Energy Star Partner webpage.

As of March 10 2013, R&R Homes of Loveland is the ONLY builder in the Loveland/Fort Collins area to be 100% committed to building new Energy Star homes.

Our new homes are usually receiving HERS scores of less than 60 so your new home is approximately 40% or more energy efficient than a standard new home. Not only will you save money every month on your utility bills, your indoor air quality and comfort is better. Another benefit is the likely higher resale value you will have in the future when you can brag about your HERS score and show prospective buyers the Energy Star report.

Any builder can install a high-efficiency furnace and try to say their new homes are energy efficient. If your home is not framed and insulated properly for air infiltration, you will still run your furnace or AC unit much more than a new R&R Homes Energy Star home. There are so many little things that are completed on your new Energy Star Version 3.0 home to make it so energy efficient and comfortable to live in. Another builder would not do voluntarily spend the time and money on these items. The catch is you cannot see most of these items once your new home is complete. R&R Homes guarantees these items were completed as we have an independent licensed third party, EnergyLogic, inspect the homes after insulation and when the home is complete to certify it as an Energy Star home.

There is no longer a Built Green certification program as it went away after the downturn in the economy in 2008 and 2009 due to funding issues. However, R&R Homes still adheres to the these principals by building new Energy Star homes, installing Energy Star appliances, using CFL bulbs where applicable and we recycle the majority of our lumber and cardboard.

 

—Energy Star created an HD video about new Energy Star homes and it can be viewed here by clicking on the “Watch the Video” link.

Energy Star and R&R Homes 100% commitment

 

What is the HERS index? RESNET has all the answers to your questions

Update on September 21 2013 – We have joined RESNET as a builder and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in order to promote the construction of energy efficient homes. We are listed on this RESNET webpage for new energy efficient new home builders and it is in alphabetical order so you must scroll down about 3/4 of the page.

RESNET Energy Smart Builders and R&R Homes

 

Update on October 12 2013 – RESNET just released this webpage on the HERS Index to help explain the HERS score on your new energy efficient Energy Star R&R Home.

Update on January 17 2014 – Energy Star has released a video to show why ENERGY STAR certified homes are better for homeowners and the environment. You can see the video here on the Energy Star website.

March 25 2014 – Learn more about Energy Star New Homes in Northern Colorado at Northern Colorado Energy Star Homes. R&R Homes is a proud member of NoCo Energy Star Homes.

April 9 2014 – Today, R&R Homes received its thank you letter from Energy Star detailing the 10 new Energy Star homes registered by R&R Homes in 2013. In 2013, the 10 new homes R&R Homes built is equivalent to:

  • Eliminating the emissions from 4 vehicles (# homes x 0.356)
  • Saving 18,150 lbs (# homes x 1815) of coal
  • Planting 14 acres (# homes x 1.4) of trees
  • Saving homeowners $ 3,000 (# homes x 300) on their utility bills

We are very proud of this accomplishment and will continue to do this in 2014 and beyond!

April 16 2014 – R&R Homes new Energy Star homes include almost all of the features listed in a recent Builder Online article titled “Home Buyers Consider Sustainable Features to be ‘Very Important’“. #1 is Heating/Cooling costs and we certainly exceed this feature as all our new homes are 100% Energy Star rated to prove that our new homes are much better than the majority of new homes on the market today. We also include a programmable thermostat to help control heating and cooling costs. Other highly rated features include energy-efficient lighting and we include at least 50% and usually much more of the lighting in your new home with CFL bulbs. Another item is Energy-Star rated appliances and we include these in our new homes as well. Don’t forget all new R&R Homes come with a side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water on the freezer door!

April 16 2014 – This article in EcoBuilding titled “High-Performance Features Becoming More Common in Single-Family Homes?” details the most-likely features to be found in new single family homes from the NAHB. Of the 18 items on this list, R&R Homes includes 15 of these items as a standard feature! The top items are a walk-in master bedroom closet, Low-E windows, a laundry room, a great room, Energy Star appliances and a programmable thermostat. The other 3 features can easily be integrated into your new home – 9′ main level walls, bathroom linen closet and kitchen island.

EcoBuilding pointed out that nearly a third of these features are energy or green related features and R&R Homes includes all of these in our standard features. On top of that, all new R&R Homes are 100% Energy Star certified!

June 3 2014- Energy Star has published a list of the Most Efficient Energy Star products for your review.

October 21 2014 – A few people have asked me recently about Green Building and what does it mean. There are a few Green Building designations and organizations but I believe Green Building is mostly based on energy efficiency for your new home, greater indoor air quality and waste reduction. R&R Homes achieves all of these items with our Energy Star new homes here in Northern Colorado. We have been building Energy Star homes since 2007 and are now building all of our new homes to the Energy Star Version 3.0 program. We achieve greater indoor air quality over other new homes by building to the Energy Star program. We also help reduce waste by recycling the majority of our of lumber and cardboard used in the construction process. The local communities we build in such as Loveland have great recycling programs for the homeowners too.

April 6 2015 – The HERS score for the R&R Homes new Energy Star semi-custom Hollister model home in Thompson Crossing is 52! This is our best HERS score ever and it shows how we are constantly improving our construction methods. This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 48% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

June 8 2015 – The HERS score for the R&R Homes new Energy Star semi-custom Cambria model home in Kendall Brook is 52! This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 48% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

June 15 2015 – The HERS score for the R&R Homes new Energy Star semi-custom Morro Bay model home in Kendall Brook is 54! This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 46% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

July 14 2015 – The HERS score for the new Energy Star home Morro Bay model at 4655 Ridgway Drive Loveland CO 80538  is 55! This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 45% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

September 2 2015 – The HERS score for the new Energy Star home Hollister model pre-sale home on Ridgway Drive is 54! This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 46% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

November 10 2015 – We just renewed our 100% commitment to building only new Energy Star homes for 2016! There really is a difference in our new home construction! We have the data to prove it too with the Energy Star reports from our independent 3rd party inspector EnergyLogic. You can see our 2016 100% commitment Energy Star certificate here RRHomes 100percent Energy Star commit 2016

December 15 2015 – The HERS score for the new Energy Star home R&R Homes Morro Bay model pre-sale home in Thompson Crossing is 57! This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 43% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

April 19 2016 – We received a HERS score of 55 for the new Energy Star home for sale at 4349 Yarrow Lane Johnstown CO 80534 in Thompson Crossing at I-25/US-34! This means your new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 45% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

May 16 2016 – We received a HERS score of 51 for the new Energy Star pre-sale home  in Thompson Crossing!! That is our best HERS score ever as our precious best was 52. We upgraded the basement blanket insulation from R11 to R19 and that made a huge difference. This means their new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 49% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

April 26 2016 – Today we received an email from Energy Star that said “Energy Star thanks R&R Homes for its outstanding commitment to energy-efficient new homes and for contributing 8 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2015. Which is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 14 metric tons, or: Growing 344 tree seedlings for 10 years OR Avoiding the consumption of 31 barrels of oil OR Removing 3 passenger vehicles from the road.” Not only are you helping the environment and the future which your energy efficient choice in homes but you are also saving money on monthly utilities and you have better indoor air quality and a home that will last longer and require less maintenance.

September 23 2016 – We received a HERS score of 51 for the new Energy Star home  at 4715 Ridgway Drive in Kendall Brook in Loveland!! That is tied for our best HERS score ever!! We upgraded the furnace to a Lennox 96% ECM furnace and also the basement blanket insulation from R11 to R19 and that made a huge difference. This means their new R&R energy efficient home is approximately 49% more energy efficient than a standard new home! If you are not aware of all the benefits of an Energy Star rated home, please read our Energy Star webpage or Energy Star and Energy Efficiency Blog page.

 

For more information on Energy Star, energy efficiency and Green Building in Northern Colorado, please call R&R Homes at 970-567-0907 or click here to visit us at R&R Homes Energy Star Partner webpage. R&R Homes can build your new home in Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, Berthoud and anywhere else in Northern Colorado.