ecoSelect Difference

Southern Energy Management designed the ecoSelect certification program for new home construction with simplicity in mind: straightforward standards designed to measurably improve energy efficiency with clear consumer marketing. In addition, a web based management system provides answers when you need them, while third-party verification helps to better assure quality and consumer confidence. Headquartered in Morrisville, N.C., Southern Energy Management has more than 10 years of building science experience and is a six time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and a 2011 NAHB Research Center Green Partner of the Year.

Expedient:

Upon completion of the inspections process and certification review, copies of your home's energy reports and certificate labels are mailed directly to you to present to prospective home buyers!npotential homeowners.nn

Lower Costs:

A one page checklist, less administrative paperwork, and full on-site verification process allows you to verify your home's energy efficiency and savings while staying on budget.n

Higher Value:

From consumer brochures to yard signs, a consumer website to confirmed HERS rating, you can market the efficiency of your homes without added product and administrative costs!nn

MARKETING SUPPORT

ecoSelect builders get every opportunity to market their new homes from day one. The program provides brochures, yard signs, labels and other collateral to help you explain the advantages to potential homeowners.

INVESTMENT ADVANTAGE

Southern Energy Management designed the ecoSelect program for builders looking for a way to market their energy efficient homes with a flexible set of options that protect the integrity of the improvements at minimal additional cost. Below is a list of marketable advantages associated with the ecoSelect program:

Quality Assured

ecoSelect Qualified Homes are inspected and tested by Southern Energy Management or an approved independent third party. The verification of ecoSelects includes HVAC and duct system leakage testing, whole-house infiltration testing and additional quality control measures during the design and construction of the home, which helps provide homeowners with peace of mind knowing that their home's energy efficient features were inspected by a trained and certified organization.

High Performance Building Envelope

Every ecoSelect includes low-e high performance windows as a standard feature. In addition, insulation is required to be installed mostly void of all gaps, voids, 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 resulting in lower utility bills, increased comfort and improved air quality. All ecoSelect Qualified Homes include HVAC system leakage testing as a quality control measure to help ensure that each HVAC system installed in your home is delivering the highest level of performance possible.

Energy Efficient Lighting

All ecoSelect Qualified Homes include lighting as part of the energy efficient solution to reduce bills by substituting 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 fixtures some of the most important and easily improved energy efficiency features of a home.

Reduced Water Usage

All ecoSelect Qualified Homes are built with WaterSense-certified water fixtures that are at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance. In addition to WaterSense fixtures, all ecoSelects with landscape irrigation 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 ecoSelect with an emphasis on separating conditioned spaces from the outdoor elements. A blower door test at final inspection is used to verify the effectiveness of the air sealing and to ensure that every ecoSelect will have lower energy bills, increased comfort and improved indoor air quality for years to come.n