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2018 High-Performance Home Workshop for RGV Builders

2018 High-Performance Home Workshop for RGV Builders

The 2018 High Performance Home Workshop was held on Thursday, Oct 25th, at the United Way of South Texas facility in McAllen. Builders attending the workshop learned new strategies for differentiating themselves from those building to minimum code, and, more importantly, how energy efficient certifications provide the utmost in value for homebuyers: compliance with state code law, utility savings, homes that are healthier and more comfortable, reduced cost of home ownership in the long term, and future selling advantages with higher resale values.

Matt’s Building Materials: Balancing Business & Charity

Matt’s Building Materials: Balancing Business & Charity

Donating time, money, or goods after a disaster is a natural human reaction. Seeing families struggle, especially those in your own community, creates a desire to help them. Matt’s Building Materials has launched a program that will assist qualified individuals by providing discounts on products that will help restore homes that were affected during this past Summer’s flooding.

Choosing a Transitional Home Exterior Design

Choosing a Transitional Home Exterior Design

How To Combine Architectural Styles For An Appealing Look One of the hottest trends in new construction today is the transitional home. Put simply, a transitional home is one that combines two architectural styles. It may mean mixing elements of farmhouse design with touches of Tuscan design, or starting with Spanish architecture and adding traditional
2018 LEEB: Divine Custom Homes

2018 LEEB: Divine Custom Homes

Divine Custom Homes is the only builder in the Rio Grande Valley that builds 100% of their homes as qualified ENERGY STAR® homes; this automatically certifies the homes as BUILT TO SAVE™, as well. Even more, the company demonstrates concern for the environment by adding the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label to their ENERGY STAR® qualified homes and “green building” through certifying their homes as “GreenBuilt RGV.”

2018 LEEB: Innovative Construction

2018 LEEB: Innovative Construction

The visual beauty of Innovative Construction’s homes, both exteriors and interiors, is impressive, and the company is consistently winning awards for their design and craftsmanship. Yet what is under all that beauty is even more impressive because Innovative Construction is a builder member of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program. This means the company has their homes inspected during construction and tested upon completion to make sure they meet the strict energy efficiency requirements of the program.

2018 LEEB: Rich Heritage Construction

2018 LEEB: Rich Heritage Construction

Rich Heritage has long been recognized for excellence in construction by the RGV Builders Association for their Parade of Homes entries, and the company has acquired many awards. Indeed, their homes are master-crafted works of art. But more importantly, their BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes combine both the exquisite craftsmanship Rich Heritage is known for with inspected and tested construction—built for high-performance efficiency.

2018 LEEB: Villa Homes

2018 LEEB: Villa Homes

If looking for perfection in design, craftsmanship, and energy efficiency in a new home, definitely consider Villa Homes. Their homes have special touches and designer features that are not add-on upgrades but are standard. This year, their entry in the Rio Grande Valley 2018 Parade of Homes took “Best of Show” among other awards—a testament to excellence in Villa Homes’ design and construction.

2018 LEEB: Villanueva Construction

2018 LEEB: Villanueva Construction

What happens when you combine exceptional beauty with exceptional energy efficiency in a new home? You get a Villanueva Home! In the 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes, they received the award for “Most Energy Efficient Home.” In addition, the company has been recognized with an award for building the highest number of BUILT TO SAVE™ homes in 2017, and is on track to receive the award again at the end of 2018 with an even higher number of BUILT TO SAVE™ homes.

Discover the “Built To Save” Advantage

Discover the “Built To Save” Advantage

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.

How To Know If A Home Is Energy Efficient

How To Know If A Home Is Energy Efficient

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
Cornerstone of Award-Winning Homes

Cornerstone of Award-Winning Homes

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
2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Judges

2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Judges

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
2018 RGVBA FISHING TOURNAMENT

2018 RGVBA FISHING TOURNAMENT

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

Discover the Unique Touch of an Antre Home

Discover the Unique Touch of an Antre Home

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.”

Innovative Homes: Inspired by Family, Creative by Design

Innovative Homes: Inspired by Family, Creative by Design

Home by: Innovative HomesStyle: TransitionalSubdivision: West Oak ManorCity: Pharr, TexasHome 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 for an award-winning new home?  Take two
Villanueva Construction: A Winner in Amenities, Efficiency—and Price!

Villanueva Construction: A Winner in Amenities, Efficiency—and Price!

Home by: Villanueva ConstructionStyle: Craftsman RanchSubdivision: Trinity OaksCity: McAllen, TexasHome 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 into Villanueva Construction’s newly built 3 bedroom,
Sorrento Fine Homes: Bringing a Touch of Contemporary Italy to the Rio Grande Valley

Sorrento Fine Homes: Bringing a Touch of Contemporary Italy to the Rio Grande Valley

Home by: Sorrento Fine HomesStyle: Tuscan/ContemporarySubdivision: MarbellaCity: McAllen, TexasHome 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 dream home, and a builder to make