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BUILT TO SAVE™ is a voluntary high-performance home program for builders which certifies new homes using independent third-party home energy Raters that inspect and test homes in the program and predict their energy efficiency.
Innovative Construction’s founders, Pedro and Lourdes Vargas, along with their son, Jonathan, are veteran energy efficient builders. The company was honored last year as a Leading Energy Efficient Builder and won the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association’s “Most Energy Efficient Award” for their entry in the 2017 Parade of Homes. That Parade entry also won several other awards for excellence in construction, including the most prestigious award—“Best of Show.” In both the 2018 & 2019 Parade of Homes competitions, the company was again recognized for their excellent craftsmanship with the “Best Model” award in the Over $400K category (2018) and in the $351K to $400K category (2019).
In the short period since its formation, Waldo Homes has earned a reputation for building some of the finest homes in the Rio Grande Valley. Over the years, this family-owned company has been recognized by their peers in the industry with awards for excellence in construction with their entries in the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association’s annual Parade of Homes.
Villanueva Construction is proud of its 30+ year history of helping people achieve their dream of owning a home—and not just any home, but a home they can be proud of. Since its founding in 1985 by Martin Villanueva, this family-owned business has earned a reputation for building extraordinary homes with an outstanding value. With lots starting in the $25K range and homes in the $140’s, home ownership is within reach for most buyers.
Luis Rangel, owner of RanMar Construction, is a relatively new builder who, from the beginning, adopted high-performance home building as a standard of construction. While many companies build homes only to minimum code, RanMar Construction is not among those. Especially since in many Valley cities, city minimum code requirements do not comply with the State’s mandatory compliance to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.
Founded in 2013 by Emigdio Villanueva, Jr. and his sons Emigdio Villanueva, III and David Villanueva, Villa Homes has quickly distinguished itself as a company that constructs fine quality homes with features and details that other companies consider as upgrades.
Divine Custom Homes, established in 2008 by Olga Treviño, has been an ENERGY STAR® Partner since 2009 and a BUILT TO SAVE™ member since the program’s inception. Over the years, Olga and her team have consistently received special recognition from two utility companies: Magic Valley Electric Cooperative and AEP Texas, for their loyal commitment to exclusively building high-performance homes.
The benefits of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program for homebuyers that include savings on utilities, better indoor air, and enhanced home comfort are rooted in the whole-house systematic approach to good building science.
Choosing the right insulation and ensuring that it is properly installed is critical for homes in the Rio Grande Valley.
Meet Waldo Homes. A family-owned company in the Rio Grande Valley that has built a solid reputation for honest, personalized, and caring service by building some of the most outstanding custom homes you will ever find.
The Rio Grande Valley Builders Association (RGVBA) in partnership with the high-performance home initiative, BUILT TO SAVE™, hosted a seminar for builders and building industry professionals on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport in McAllen, Texas.
Plans are underway for the 2020 RGVBA Parade of Homes in the Rio Grande Valley. Builders have already begun to enter their homes in what promises to be another exciting display of homes and a successful fundraiser for the RGVBA. The Parade of Homes features homes in a variety of sizes and prices in scattered communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Morrison Supply Company recently held a personal Lunch-In gathering to showcase its Frigidaire® product line which includes the Frigidaire® Professional Refrigerator that features humidity-controlled adjustable crisper drawers, a Smudge-Proof™ stainless steel finish, and easy-access adjustable shelving.
When we purchase a new home, healthy indoor air is something we assume we will get, but that may not always be the case. According to the EPA, Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors where, most often, the concentrations of some pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher than is typically found in outdoor air.
Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. (AHSTI), received the 2019 “Most Homes Certified BUILT TO SAVE™ Award” for building the highest number of BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes in the Non-Profit Builders’ division.
The cost of a home is not just the sticker price of the house. Here are some items that you should include.
It’s exciting to buy a new home. However, there are a lot of steps that go into this process, especially when it comes to your mortgage. Lenders need to know more about you to decide how much money they can lend you and at what interest rate. Being prepared to provide this information will make your homebuying experience much simpler and easier.