Building Energy-Efficient Homes
Building or buying a new Two Structures Home has many advantages, including financial sustainability. With our energy-efficient features, your house will have substantially better operating efficiency over the average existing home in Oklahoma. Two Structures Homes does such a good job with efficiency, OG&E independently certifies our houses with their Positive Energy qualifications.
Smart, energy efficient, beautiful
Our homes are designed to save energy and money for the homeowner. We utilize OG&E’s Positive Energy Certification standards and the National Home Builders Certification process for green homes. Our best practices include advanced framing, better insulation and reduced thermal breaks, as well as professionally installed windows to reduce drafts and leaks. That’s all in addition to our standard features.
Elements of an energy-efficient home
Thermal Enclosure: Advanced framing, air sealing and ventilation, quality insulation and high-performance windows enhance comfort, save energy and reduce maintenance costs. All of these lower monthly utility bills.
Advanced Water Management: Protect roofs, walls and foundations from water damage.
High-efficiency HVAC Systems: Two Structures chooses high performance HVAC systems designed for optimal moisture control, better indoor air quality, and of course your family’s comfort.
Energy-efficient appliances and lighting: In addition to strategically designed floorplans, advanced framing and better insulation, our homes have energy and water-conserving features, such as ENERGY STAR appliances, low-flow faucets, water-conserving toilets and tankless water heaters – all of which save you money every month.
What does that mean to the homeowner?
What’s your HERS Index?
As a new home builder in the Oklahoma City area, our energy-efficient, high performance homes are designed to help you live healthier as well as save up to 20% each year on your energy bills. Your HERS Index tells you exactly how big these savings could be for you.
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting, testing and calculating a home’s energy performance.
- It saves you money on your energy bills
- It provides a healthier living environment
- You contribute to protecting the planet
How to get a HERS home energy rating
Two Structures Homes are built to fulfill the requirements to achieve a strong HERS rating. An energy rating assessment consists of a series of diagnostic tests using specialized equipment, such as a blower door test, duct leakage tester, combustion analyzer and infrared cameras.
These checks will show:
- The effectiveness of insulation inside walls and ceilings
- The amount and location of air leaks in the home
- The amount of leakage from HVAC ducts
- Potential combustion safety issues
Other factors that are taken into account are:
- Quality of windows, doors, vents and ductwork
- Condition of the water heating system and thermostats
- Floors over unconditioned spaces such as garages or basements
- Condition of attics, foundations and crawlspaces
Once the tests have been completed, a computerized simulation analysis will be used to calculate a rating score on the HERS Index. Our homes outperform most new constructions in the Oklahoma City metro.