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Why Insist On Energy Star For Your New Custom Home

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Why Insist On Energy Star For Your New Custom Home

Founded in 2004 by Nate Grabill, Pioneer West Homes is an award-winning Colorado custom home builder specializing in designing and building highly energy-efficient custom homes in Colorado and New Mexico. We believe our advantage is our difference. Our philosophy is to build homes that are not only exceptional from a craftsmanship and design standpoint, but also push the boundaries in energy-efficient design.

Some may ask why we insist on building the highest energy-rated homes in the region. To us, it’s simple. Our homes are caringly designed and constructed with the best features for comfort and livability. A brand new custom home in Colorado (or New Mexico) is often a once in a lifetime opportunity. Your family deserves the best performing and most comfortable living environment possible. And, your pocket book deserves the best performing home that’s backed up with lower utility bills, quality assurance, and peace of mind that comes from making a smart purchase!

Custom Homes at Pioneer West Homes go through Independent Inspections and Testing
ENERGY STAR home builders don’t just claim that their homes are energy efficient, they back it up with independent inspections and testing by a Home Energy Rater.  Click here to learn more about independent inspections and testing.

Custom Homes at Pioneer West Homes include Climate-Specific Recommendations
For a home to be truly energy efficient, its design and construction must consider local conditions. Home Energy Raters are trained in climate-specific energy saving techniques, and their knowledge and field experience help ENERGY STAR home builders select the most appropriate energy-efficient features.

Custom Homes at Pioneer West Homes include a Field Verification
Raters conduct onsite inspections and testing of ENERGY STAR certified homes to ensure they meet rigorous program guidelines. The process typically includes a blower door test to measure air leakage in the house, a duct blaster test to measure duct leakage, and a comprehensive set of inspections to assure proper construction details.

Pioneer West Homes come with Quality Assurance
Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR typically undergo significantly more systems engineering, inspections, and testing than homes built to code. This verification process helps to identify and correct mistakes before they become problems and holds builders accountable to higher standards.

Pioneer West Homes provides Peace of Mind That Comes with Making a Smart Purchase
Look for the blue ENERGY STAR label — typically located on a home’s circuit breaker box. It assures you that the home has been verified by an independent Home Energy Rater to be truly energy efficient.

About Pioneer West Homes: Award-winning Pioneer West Homes is a Colorado Custom Home Builder offering energy-efficient custom homes from Southern Colorado to New Mexico. A lot of home builders will tout building an energy-efficient new home. Pioneer West Homes is Southern Colorado’s leader in energy-efficient home building, becoming the first builder in Pueblo County to join the U.S. Green Building Council and certifying homes to the LEED for Homes standard since 2009. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Pioneer West Homes is also the only builder in Southern Colorado to commit to building 100% of our homes to the Energy Star Version 3 Standard. Energy Star is a program led by the U.S. Department of Energy that provides third-party verification of green building standards.

To get started designing and building your Energy Star Custom Home in Colorado or New Mexico, email us today!

ENERGY STAR Homes Qualify For Special Mortgage Lending Programs

ENERGY STAR certified new homes qualify for special mortgage lending programs offered exclusively to home buyers who purchase homes that meet the stringent energy efficiency requirements of ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR offers information on mortgage lending programs that include the cost of energy efficiency investments in the loans themselves so that borrowers can pay for those investments over the life of their loans, as well as possibly deduct the interest from their federal and state income taxes.


Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is an energy-efficient alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation. A two-component mixture composed of isocyanate and polyol resin comes together at the tip of a gun, and forms an expanding foam that is sprayed onto roof tiles, concrete slabs, into wall cavities, or through holes drilled in into a cavity of a finished wall. Studies by the US Department of Energy show that spray foam insulation minimizes air infiltration through walls, windows, and doorways, saving an average of 40% on energy costs and utility bills when compared to a home with traditional insulation products. R-value, the term given to thermal resistance to heat flow, is higher than traditional fiberglass insulation. The higher the R-value of an insulation product, the better performing the home. A 1.8 to 2 pound foam insulation has the highest R-value of readily available insulation used in homes and buildings. In addition to providing a more comfortable living environment and lower utility bills, spray foam insulation has been shown to serve as a barrier to airborne sounds, and reduces airborne sound transfer through a home’s roof, floor and walls.

Insulated Concrete Form Construction

ICF Construction – Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) is an energy-efficient form of construction. A system of formwork, ICF uses reinforced concrete usually made with a rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs. The forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and filled with concrete. The units lock together somewhat like Lego bricks and create a form for the structural walls or floors of a building. ICF construction has become commonplace for both low-rise commercial and high-performance residential construction as more stringent energy efficiency and natural disaster resistant building codes are adopted.