ExperienceOne Homes has always been committed to building homes that not only look great but also feature the very best materials and workmanship. Now we’ve taken another step forward to ensure our homes are highly energy efficient by partnering with Southern Energy Management. Headquartered in Morrisville, NC, Southern Energy Management is the Southeast’s rooftop solar and building performance expert.

Homes built by ExperienceOne Homes at Sweetwater will carry Southern Energy Management’s independently verified ecoSelect certification. These homes will all feature a number of energy efficient features such as: programmable thermostats, high efficiency HVAC systems, energy efficient lighting, water fixtures that reduce water usage, and advanced air sealing. In addition, homebuyers will have the option of equipping their home with solar energy as well.

Please note that this ecoSelect energy efficiency program applies only to homes built by ExperienceOne Homes (Beaufort Collection, Charleston Collection, Jamestown Collection and Savannah Collection). It does not include homes in Sweetwater’s Hampton Collections.

ExperienceOne Homes is committed to constructing high-quality homes that use less energy, use less water, and meet higher standards for indoor air quality and comfort. We accomplish this through an independent certification program called ecoSelect.

The ecoSelect program combines performance testing and targeted features in a comprehensive package that addresses energy efficiency, water efficiency and indoor air quality within your home. Each of the ecoSelect specifications and requirements is verified by a certified independent energy rater who is responsible for ensuring that your new home has met all of the prescriptive requirements and features of the program.

The end result is a healthy, comfortable and efficient home that requires less money spent on monthly utility bills.

High Performance Building Envelope

Every ecoSelect home includes low-E high performance windows as a standard feature. In addition, insulation is required to be installed void of any gaps or compressions. A high performance building envelope helps reduce utility bills, improves comfort, and reduces the fading of walls, floors and furniture.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats reduce energy bills by tailoring the heating and cooling of a home to the homeowner’s work and sleep schedule.

High Efficiency HVAC

Energy-efficient HVAC systems begin with increased equipment efficiencies, quality installation and tightly sealed ducts. All ecoSelect-certified homes include HVAC system leakage testing as a quality control measure to help ensure that each system installed in your home is delivering the highest level of performance possible.

Energy Efficient Lighting

All ecoSelect-certified homes substitute inefficient incandescent bulbs that produce more heat than light with efficient CFLs or LED lights. Lighting can account for as much as 15% of the home’s total energy bill, making light fixtures among the most important and easily improved energy-efficiency features in a home.

Reduced Water Usage

All ecoSelect homes are built with WaterSense-certified water fixtures that are at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance. In addition to WaterSense fixtures, landscape irrigation systems have rain sensors as a standard feature, which dramatically reduces a homeowner’s water bills. These combined efforts alone can save an average household more than 500 gallons of water each year.

Advanced Air Sealing

Special attention and care is placed on the air sealing aspects of each home with an emphasis on separating conditioned spaces from the outdoor elements. A blower door test conducted at the final inspection is used to verify the effectiveness of the air sealing and to ensure that the home doesn’t leak.

Quality Assured

Each home is inspected and tested twice during construction by an independent third-party home energy rater. This inspection and testing process is a rigorous one that includes HVAC and duct system leakage testing, whole-house infiltration testing, and framing and insulation inspections. As a homeowner you’ll also receive a copy of the certificate in your closing packet with the details of the rating.

ecoSelect Performance Label

After completing the certification process, your home receives an ecoSelect Performance Label and rating report, with information on energy costs, efficiency features and the HERS rating.

  1. Home address
  2. Date of the final inspection and assessment
  3. The conditioned square footage of the home
  4. Highlighted energy performance features of the home
  5. The home’s unique ecoSelect Rating ID number
  6. Average estimated monthly energy cost
  7. HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index
  8. The home’s calculated HERS Index Score

ExperienceOne Homes has partnered with Southern Energy Management to offer solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to lower our customers’ electricity bills.

How Solar Works

Solar panels are mounted to the rear or sides of the roof and convert sunlight into electricity, which offsets the power you’d otherwise need to buy from the utility. Any excess energy above your need is fed into the grid and you receive a credit against your monthly bill. The panels are aesthetically pleasing in all black, lie nearly flush with the roof, and require only occasional rainfall (abundant in North Carolina) to rinse off any debris or residue. They have an expected lifetime of 30 years.

Why Use Solar Energy?

Since the cost of solar technology has fallen drastically in recent years, it is now an affordable option within reach of the average homebuyer. Conveniently rolled into the mortgage, the solar energy costs are exceeded by the average monthly energy savings, which can reduce your bill anywhere from 25% to 75%, depending on system size. Should you move out of your home before the life of the system is up, the remaining value of your system will be appraised and increase the value of the home.

For more information on adding solar energy to your new ecoSelect-certified home from ExperienceOne Homes, call 919.249.7008.

ExperienceOne Homes is committed to building high-performance homes with lower monthly utility bills and a higher degree of indoor air quality and comfort. To benchmark our energy efficiency performance, every home we build comes with an independently verified HERS score.

What is a HERS score?

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the nationally recognized industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. On the index, a score of 100 represents a standard house built today and a 0 represents a net zero-energy home.

To put things into perspective, if we were discussing cars, a higher miles per gallon (MPG) translates into fuel savings, whereas a lower HERS score means less money spent on utility bills for the home.

Why does a HERS score matter?

Homes with lower HERS scores cost less to keep warm in winter and cool in summer, so more money stays in your pocket instead of going to your utility company.

In addition, HERS rated homes qualify for energy-efficient mortgages that allow homeowners to finance energy efficiency improvements at competitive mortgage rates instead of high commercial loan rates.

How do I know my HERS score?

During the construction process, each of our homes is inspected twice by a certified home energy rater to assess how efficient the home is and provides it with a performance score. We include this score and details about the homes performance with a certificate included in your closing packet.