The homes are inspected during construction and tested after completion by a licensed, independent third-party home energy Rater hired by the builder. Builders participating in this voluntary program represent an elite group of professionals who take pride in their work and value the superior benefits the BUILT TO SAVE® program provides to their homebuyers.
BUILT TO SAVE® program doesn’t require the builder to jump through hoops to meet extensive construction requirements or focus on non-energy saving items that would be more appropriate for building “green.” The program also provides generous incentives from Magic Valley Electric Coop (MVEC) to the builders for homes in MVEC territory that can be used to offset the cost of inspections.GET STARTED
• Builder and RESNET Certified Rater must be registered with the BTS Program.
• Builder and Rater must be registered with a participating utility company if applicable.
• Rater must perform a pre-drywall and a final inspection of the home.
• Home must have a HERS score of 63 or below, or be 5% more energy efficient than code to qualify.
• Construction must meet or exceed 2015 IECC levels.
• The BTS compliance checklists must be completed, verified, and submitted by Rater.
This makes it easy and much less costly to make adjustments before construction begins.
By inputing blueprint info into a program, the heating and cooling loads of a home can be calculated in order to get the right size unit that the home needs
This is performed after insulation is installed and before the walls are put in. This is to ensure that the insulation used is of the proper values and that it was installed correctly.
Outer walls, ceiling, windows, and areas behind bathtubs are inspected to make sure there won’t be moisture problems in the future.
As the home becomes tighter, it is very important that a proper fresh air system is installed to allow the home to breathe.
The Rater inspects the HVAC duct system, looking for areas that are poorly sealed and connected. It’s important to make sure every room of the home gets equal air with equal pressure.
A final review of the home’s specifications is made to verify that the home was built as was specified during the pre-construction stage.
This is performed once the home is completed to measure the leakiness of the home’s envelope—how much air goes out or comes in through the roof, windows, doors, and other openings.
This test identifies leaks in the joints and seams of the ductwork in the HVAC system using diagnostic hardware to measure the airtightness of the ducts.
This is critical proof that the home qualified as a high-performance home. Aside from the peace of mind, the certificate will be invaluable if you decide to sell your home.
Building codes require that every home has a label that lists information on critical components of the home, such as insulation, windows and doors, and heating and cooling equipment that all show types and ratings.