HERS Raters inspect a home while it is under construction, and then test the home when completed (1) to visually verify that it complies with construction requirements and, using specialized software and equipment, (2) to determine its energy efficiency performance.
SPEER’s collaboration with the BUILT TO SAVE® program will provide excellent opportunities for continuing up-to-date education and training for home builders in the Rio Grande Valley—and ultimately a better quality of life for our residents.
There is no greater way to honor those that put their lives on the line for our country than to support them in their time of need. That’s what one local real estate company did when they volunteered to help Operation Finally Home, a non-profit organization, sell a lot they owned to help build homes for wounded veterans.
AEP Texas recently recognized three Rio Grande Valley builders participating in the 2020 AEP Texas High-Performance Home Program. The program promotes the construction of energy efficient homes that use less energy than typical new homes built only to minimum code.
AEP Texas congratulates Villanueva Construction and Divine Custom Homes on their accomplishment of each earning the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association’s Parade of Homes Award for the Most Energy Efficient Home with matching qualifying scores.
The opening of the 2021 Parade of Homes was kicked off in December 2020 with the annual raffle for a “Free Entry” into the Parade that was available to builders who registered early. The lucky first-place winner of the Free Parade Entry prize was Villa Homes.
This issue of the New Home Guide features an elite group of home builders who have stepped up to a leadership role in the construction of high-performance, energy efficient homes in the Rio Grande Valley.
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.
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.
It’s natural for people to think that the air in their home is cleaner than the air outside. After all, outside you have dust, pollution, allergens, and dangerous emissions from cars and factories, to name a few filthy reasons. If you agree with that thought, you would be wrong. Here’s the dirty truth. SOME SHOCKING
The rewards for those that buy energy-efficient homes are many and huge: lower utility bills, tighter quality construction, a more comfortable home with better indoor air, and peace of mind, to name a few. But what’s in it for the builder?
If you’re looking for a new place to live, you likely have a number of “boxes” you’d like to check, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, how much storage space is available, perhaps a yard, possibly the close proximity to public transportation, and certainly the cost of your rent or mortgage, and taxes—all important.
In 2003, Felix Hernandez established Treasure Builders. The company is a family-owned business that has a reliable reputation for quality homes built by people who are deeply rooted in the traditional family values of honesty, truth, and faith.
Founded by Mario Treviño and Marisol Villanueva de Treviño, Treviño Construction has been building homes in the Rio Grande Valley for over 17 years. The company has earned a reputation as an outstanding custom builder of luxury homes, and deservedly so.
Divine Custom Homes has a distinguished history of being committed to energy efficient construction. The company’s founder, Olga Treviño, embraced the building science of energy efficient construction from the start and has never wavered. Olga is one of a few “hands-on” builders who not only personally supervises the work on the job site, but who has the knowledge and skills to actually work alongside her contractors.
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.