Committed To Building Certified Energy-Efficient, Green Homes... and now we have the program to back it up.
Savings are thanks to HERS—the Home Energy Rating Score. (A national index that rates all homes for energy usage; similar to the MPG rating of a car.) Tim O'Brien homes score between 35 and 60 on the HERS Index—lower than most new homes—which adds up to significant savings each month. We guarantee your new Tim O'Brien home will perform 30% better than a typical new home. If yours does not, we will reimburse any additional heating and cooling costs you incur. For a full five years.**
Our strict building processes focus on:
Every Tim O'Brien Home meets the Focus on Energy Requirements and Green Built Certified and includes 3rd party testing. This rigorous testing inspects: R-Values, foundation walls, door and window leakage, mechanical ventilation, ducts and duct leakage, mechanical ventilation, ducts and duct leakage, and all lights and appliances. Each home goes through a Blower Door Test to ensure the Whole System is performing exceptionally. Test results are analyzed and a cost-savings is calculated.
Please visit our Awards Gallery to see our NAHB Green Certified homes.
Tim O'Brien Homes participates in the following programs to ensure your new home is a sound investment now and in the future.
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Every home in the Focus on Energy New Homes Program undergoes a series of performance tests and must meet specific program standards, including:
Upon certification, Tim O'Brien Homes homeowners receive a Homeowner's manual, a certification report that shows the home's energy savings, and a Focus on Energy New Homes Certification Plague.
The Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) is a national index that shows where a home lands on an energy scale, and every Tim O'Brien Home is tested and has a score. A HERS of 0 means the home is zero energy and uses no energy at all. If a new home was built to new code specifications it would receive a score of 100 and existing older homes typically score 150 and higher. Tim O'Brien Homes score between 35 – 60 on the HERS Index, and we've even built a home with a negative HERS score. The lower the score, the more energy-efficient the home and the more money the homeowners will save.
This government-backed national program helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. All Tim O'Brien Homes feature Energy Star products including appliances, building products, heating and cooling products, lighting, and in our plumbing systems.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Certified Home
This national program is committed to providing objective, third-party assessment, verification, and certification services to help builders. When applying for certification, homes are evaluated on:
*The HERS (Home Energy Rating Score) is a national index that rates all homes for energy usage. Tim O’Brien homes score between 35 and 60 on the HERS Index—lower than most new homes—which adds up to significant savings each month. **Based on “as designed” industry standards per WIUDC Energy Cost Compliance. Your actual energy costs and savings may vary. See a New Home Consultant for complete terms and conditions.