The single family residential builder understands homebuyers are looking for more energy efficient options when selecting their next new home. Rodrock Homes is being recognized for achieving those desired results by having its latest model home earn the ENERGY STAR designation.
Rodrock Homes has designed a model home which combines the beauty of a sports car with the energy efficiency of a smart car. The Ashton EX plan, a fully furnished home available for viewing at Wilshire Farms in Overland Park, has received the Energy Star award. The Energy Star Qualified New Home program mandates stringent energy guidelines for new home builders.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Energy Star program for new homes in 1995 to reward those residential builders creating homes with reduced energy consumption. To earn the Energy Star distinction, a home must be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) rules. An independent third party verification is required to document the savings a homeowner is going to enjoy.
Rodrock Homes president, Brian Rodrock thinks those in the market for a new home will take notice of the potential reduction on their energy bills. Said Rodrock, “If it comes down to comparing two similar homes, a savings of 15-20% on monthly energy bills may be the deciding factor.” He continued, “We strive to have functional floor plans while maintaining energy efficiency.”
Tim Baldridge of NSPJ Architects, the firm responsible for the testing to confirm the energy savings for Rodrock Homes, believes the Energy Star program should have an influence in the selection process. “A new home is a major capital investment for the home buyer. It’s time to pay attention to all parts of the building practices,” said Baldridge.
Selecting an Energy Star home allows the new home owner the benefit of lower ownership costs, better performance, maintaining its value, and even increasing a potential resale price. Depending on the square footage of the floor plan, energy savings are estimated to be between $200 to $400 per year. These homes will have immediate and future energy savings.