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If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get!

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get!

The Rewards of Energy Efficient Homes for Builders & Homebuyers A common mistake most homebuyers make is to get blinded by the bling of a new home. What does that mean? It means simply that too often buyers focus on the home’s beauty: the impressive exterior, the beautiful granite countertops, the fabulous flooring, the eye-catching
The Best Kept Secret to a Cool Home in Hot Texas

The Best Kept Secret to a Cool Home in Hot Texas

The Rio Grande Valley is located in U.S. Climate Zone 2, which has one of the hottest temperatures in the nation, and there is only one item in your home that can make the biggest difference in whether your home will keep you cool and comfortable regardless of the temperature outside—and it’s not your air
SPEER & TDLR Present Free Training and Workshop

SPEER & TDLR Present Free Training and Workshop

A special training workshop for builders, the On-Site Field Training & Workshop for New Home Construction, took place on February 18, 2020. It included 3 hours of classroom instruction and continued after lunch on two jobsites: one with a home in the framing stage and one in the completed stage.

2019 Leading Energy Efficiency Builders

2019 Leading Energy Efficiency Builders

Leading Energy Efficiency Builders Meet the leading builders who have stepped up to a role in the construction of high-performance homes in the Rio Grande Valley. Their homes offer superior energy efficiency with lower utility bills, enhanced home comfort, better indoor air quality, and a certification of performance that will allow for a higher resale
2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Innovative Construction

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Innovative Construction

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).

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Waldo Homes

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Waldo Homes

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.

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Villanueva Construction

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Villanueva Construction

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.

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: RanMar Construction

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: RanMar Construction

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.

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Divine Custom Homes

2019 Leading Energy Efficient Builder: Divine Custom Homes

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.

Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value

Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value

For most of us, buying a new home is the largest investment we will ever make.  And we do so with the expectation that we will get a good return on our investment should we decide to sell. For that to happen, we are hoping and betting that the home will appreciate in value. While
Ensure Your New Home’s Future Value

Ensure Your New Home’s Future Value

For most of us, buying a new home is the largest investment we will ever make. And we do so with the expectation that we will get a good return on our investment should we decide to sell. For that to happen, we are hoping and betting that the home will appreciate in value. While there is no sure way to predict home values in the future since much depends on external factors, like when you sell and where you live, building or buying a home that is certified as a high-performance home is a great way to hedge your bet.

Real Quality Is Found Behind The Walls

Real Quality Is Found Behind The Walls

Not all homes are constructed equally. Sure, some may look the same, and both may appear to be of high-quality energy efficient construction, but how can a homebuyer be sure that the home is truly what it is represented to be? The only way to be sure is to ask for proof—a certificate that officially recognizes the home as a high-performance home.

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.


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