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Whole-home efficiencies from Touchstone Energy
Whether you’re planning to build or already own a home, taking steps to make that home as energy efficient as possible makes you more comfortable and saves you money for years to come. One great way to ensure efficiency is by following the Touchstone Energy Home guidelines.
The Touchstone Energy Home is designed to be more energy efficient, less expensive to operate, cleaner, safer, and more comfortable than today’s standard models. It’s typically 48 percent more efficient than a traditional home. For example, heating and cooling account for roughly half of the average home’s energy bill, but only 20 percent of a Touchstone Energy Home’s costs.
Touchstone Energy Homes may qualify for larger mortgages than comparable conventional homes, and they also offer these benefits:
- A one-year heating and cooling cost guarantee.
- Less electricity usage that makes your home more environmentally friendly than traditional homes.
- Lower-than-normal monthly utility bills throughout the life of the home.
- Construction techniques that eliminate drafts and temperature gradients that can make you feel colder or warmer than you actually are.
Disclaimer: Please note that not every member cooperative participates in the Touchstone Energy Home program. Contact your local co-op to confirm participation.
For more information (or if you’re a homebuilder and would like to participate in a two-hour training session to become a registered Touchstone Energy homebuilder), please contact Program Manager Laura Matney at TEHome@powermoves.com or (317) 481-2873.
A closer look at the Touchstone Energy Home
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
Greater Efficiency Means Money In The Bank
The HERS Index is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. It measures how well the equipment and structure work together for efficient heating, cooling, and water heating—and shows you how much you’re really paying to live in your home.
A lower rating on the HERS index indicates a more energy-efficient home. One that earns an 80 rating, for example, is 20 percent more energy efficient than the standard new home. Take a look at how a Touchstone Energy® Home stacks up against a typical resale home and an average new home.
Work with a builder who has had special training and experience building Touchstone Energy Homes.
Souligne Construction, Inc.
6297 S Bryan Ct.
Oxford IN 47971
(765) 918-0669 cell
(765) 385-0095 office
Staley Construction, Inc.
(317) 374-1026 cell
(317) 718-7025 office
Summit Builders, Inc.
J. Christopher Williamson
D&S Builders, Inc.
Dennis R. DeMara
J.P. Building and Remodeling
Jason S. Pippenger
(260) 693-3145 or (260) 564-0143
RW Kidd Construction
Signature Building & Design