Building whole-home efficiency with Touchstone Energy Home

When you build to Touchstone Energy Home standards, your customers save on energy, month after month, can qualify for a larger mortgage, and end up with a home that sells faster (and for a better price) than a standard home. The Touchstone Energy Home is typically 48 percent more efficient than a traditional model, meaning homeowners end up with a home that stays more comfortable and is less expensive to operate.

The Touchstone Energy® Home features are:

  • R-19 wall insulation minimum (materials to achieve R-19 is not specified)
  • R-42 attic insulation minimum (materials to achieve R-42 is not specified)
  • Attic ventilation with ridge vent and aerated soffit
  • Conditioned crawlspace with perimeter R-10 insulation and moisture control
  • Double pane, Low-E windows and glass doors
  • Insulated exterior doors
  • Whole house infiltration control to help prevent air leaks
  • Externally vented exhaust systems in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Exterior house wrap and window wrap
  • Weep holes in place on brick or stone cladding
  • Heating and cooling ducts located in conditioned space (no flex duct)
  • Energy-efficient electric water heating with a .94 energy factor* or better
    *50 gallon unit specification
  • High-efficiency electric heat pump or geothermal unit

For more information (or if you’d like to participate in a two-hour training session to become a registered Touchstone Energy homebuilder and appear on our builder list), please contact Program Manager Laura Matney at lauram@wvpa.com or (317) 481-2873.

 

 

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    End water (heating) torture.

    Leaky faucets can draw hot water, which you’re paying to heat. Fix dripping faucets as soon as you can.

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    Charge, pull, repeat.

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    Dive into the laundry deep end.

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    A full freezer doesn’t just mean dinner’s at hand.

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  • Energy Saving Tip #262

    Clean coils mean efficient fridges.

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    Leaf no savings opportunities behind.

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    Institute an open-door policy.

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    Where there’s lint, there may be fire.

    A blocked dryer vent is a fire hazard at worst and an energy suck at best. Keep your vent clear to keep your dryer working efficiently.