BUILT TO SAVE™ is an energy-efficiency certification program which recognizes new homes that outperform minimum code building requirements. With the help of the BTS program and third-party inspectors, the builder is guided through a process which leads to certifying their homes as high-performance. In this blog post, we present to you with some of the most common energy performance issues, and we also present to you the benefits of owning a “BUILT TO SAVE” certified home.
There isn’t one contractor who will say their home is not energy efficient. Every builder will say his or her home is energy efficient—but compared to what? The following is a guide for homebuyers to help them identify whether or not the home they are planning to buy is—or will be built—as a high- performance
A typical home has a half-mile of cracks and gaps around the home’s envelope, including windows, doors, and numerous holes within the framework from plumbing, lighting, electrical wiring, and ductwork—yes, one half-mile.
For years, Materiales El Valle has been proud to list as their customers Parade of Home winners in the Rio Grande Valley. This year was no different. Many of the 2018 Parade of Homes winners distinguished their homes with some of the latest products on the market today, thanks to Materiales El Valle. Materiales El
While the Coastal Bend area sent some of its building professionals to serve as judges for the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association’s Parade of Homes, the Rio Grande Valley reciprocated by sending a group of its professionals to judge the Parade in Corpus Christi and surrounding Coastal Bend area.
Featured Photo Caption: (L-R) John Pope (Newcastle Homes); Diana & Trey Summers (Hogan Homes); Marcy Alamia (RGVBA Executive VP); Mike Duffey (Builders FirstSource); Sarah Rivera and Brian Ferguson (Kimberlite Homes). The judges for the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Builders Association’s Parade of Homes competition traveled from Corpus Christi and Victoria, Texas, to review and rate this
The annual Rio Grande Valley Builders Association’s Fishing Tournament is planned for Saturday June 23rd at Jim’s Pier on South Padre Island. The tournament is open to RGVBA members with the exception of professional fishing guides and commercial fishermen. This yearly event offers a great opportunity to share a relaxing day at the beach with
Some of the area’s finest builders presented 27 homes in a variety of sizes and architectural styles throughout the upper Rio Grande Valley. This special feature includes the top winners of the 2018 Parade competition.
If one could sum up what Antre-built homes are all about, it would be incomparable floor plans and unique touches—from utilizing surprising wallpaper, to creating a juxtaposition of modern and traditional elements, to unique touches like a dual purpose garage and a Master laundry area. This award-winning home built by Antre is definitely true to their motto: “Think different, think original, think Antre.”
Home by: Sorrento Fine Homes Style: Tuscan/Contemporary Subdivision: Marbella City: McAllen, Texas Home Specs: 4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 2 Garage / 2,385 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 3,040 Ft. (Total) Property Status: MOVE-IN Ready. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best New Home in the $251-300K category Dream: “A cherished hope, ambition, aspiration.” You want a
Home by: Villanueva Construction Style: Craftsman Ranch Subdivision: Trinity Oaks City: McAllen, Texas Home Specs: 3 Bed / 2 Bath / 1 Garage / 1,731 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 2,224 Sq. Ft. (Total) Property Status: SOLD. Available to build. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best Model in the $151-200K category • Most Energy Efficient Walking
Home by: Innovative Homes Style: Transitional Subdivision: West Oak Manor City: Pharr, Texas Home Specs: 4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 2 Garage / 1 Game Room / 2,979 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 3,664 Ft. (Total) Property Status: SOLD. Available to build. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best Model Home $301-350K Division What’s the recipe
Home by: Innovative Construction Style: Modern Subdivision: Canton Village City: Edinburg, Texas Home Specs: 4 Bed / 3 Bath / 2 Garage / 3,054 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 3,785 Ft. (Total) Property Status: MOVE-IN Ready. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best Curb Appeal • Best Model Home Over $400,000+ When Innovative Construction decided to
So what is the RGVBA Parade of Homes you may ask? Well… it is not only one of the most attended yearly events here at the Rio Grande Valley, but it is also an incredible opportunity for New Home Shoppers to visit 27 beautifully-built new homes by some of the finest RGV builders. The Rio
When it comes to looking for a new home to buy, time really is money. That’s because your decision on which house to spend your money on is one you’re going to have to live with for a long, long time. So use your time efficiently, but don’t be in a hurry to find a
There are few who do not remember the first time they saw or met the person with whom they eventually fell in love and then made the decision to become life partners. Shopping and buying a new home evokes the same kind of emotions—memories that will last a lifetime. Every year, the Rio Grande Valley
The key to ensuring whole house comfort is as simple as making sure the humidity in your home is controlled. Controlling the humidity levels in your home not only increases comfort and the quality of indoor air, it also saves energy and lowers your utility bill. Achieving this task, however, involves several components in the
2017 RGVBA, Inc. Parade of Homes Officers & Directors, (L-R): Rafael Munguia, Caribella Homes; Victor Lopez, Texas Gas Service; Abraham Quiroga, Magic Valley Electric Coop (Treasurer); Marielsa Pulido, Sierra Title Company; Isaac Smith, Matt’s Building Materials; Marcy M. Alamia, RGVBA Executive V.P.; Jack Pollock, Frontera Homes; Sandra Brown, Sorrento Fine Homes (President); Eddie Garza, Infinity