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A Certified High Performance Home is built by a HIGH CUSTOM BUILDER CHBEcoHomes

HERS RATING: Third Party Energy Inspections

A home energy rating will consider: the construction & materials of the home, insulation levels, window/door types & efficiency, the window/door to wall area ratios, appliances and lighting (including the water heater), mechanical system (heating and cooling), the orientation of the house, the size of the conditioned area in square feet, and the leakage or air infiltration of the home envelope and duct work.

The Home Energy Rating is completed from on-site visits using test equipment like the blower door and duct blaster and from blueprints on new homes.

Our Homeowners receive a HERS certificate at closing. What is a HERS Rating? 49! What does mean for our home owners a utility bill under $70.00/Month for a standard 3,700 Sq. Ft. Home.

A Home Energy Rating or HERS rating will very soon become a standard part of every real estate listing allowing buyers to directly compare the efficiency of one home to another (similar to the way they compare MPG when shopping for a car). A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index. The rater conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index score for the home (source:

Our Homeowners receive a HERS rating certificate showing the HERS rating index score. The lower scores mean higher energy savings.

The average home rates at 130, Energy Star rated homes must achieve a score of 85, South Georgia new built homes have a score of 110. Our homes rating score are significantly better at low 50's! You will not find a builder in South Georgia or North Florida with a lower HERS SCORE! and in Georgia you will not find a builder building high performance homes at all. Please ask your local Realtors what they mean when they say a home is Energy Efficient, because an Energy efficient home is test and documented by nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.
The worst insulation you can use is fiberglass. Fiberglass does not have the compaction that cellulose has and  the option of pest control cellulose insulation has 15% borates for bug control. We do not use fiberglass

Understanding the HERS index:

A home built to the minimum 2006 IECC energy code standards is rated at 100 on the HERS Index. This is the benchmark.

If a home is rated at 130 on the HERS Index, that means it is 30 percent less efficient than a standard new home.

If a home has a lower score of 60 that means the home is 40 percent more efficient than a standard new home.

A RESNET-certified home energy rater must perform an energy analysis. Based on calculations and performance, the home is awarded a HERS Index Score - similar to golf, the lower the score the better.
Common Knowledge
Attics are hot in the summer and cold in the winter
Duct system tend to have low R values
Duct system are not leak free. And we can Guarantee that new homes being built in Thomasville are not leak FREE.
Attics are never cleaned IAQ - indoor air quality Issues
Attics are not a good place install A/C Unit or ducts - But Other builders do it anyway. WE DO NOT!
Certifiably "Green"
All Capital Home Builders Homes, meet or exceed the standards for: "Green" certification by The Green Building Council-Georgia, high performance Homes certification, and The United States Department of Energy's Building America Challenge. And we are the only builder achiving 54 HERS score Rating on our homes.


Zero VOC (GreenSure) Paint
Take a deep breath! All of our interior paint is virtually odor free and without VOC's (Volitalie Organic Compounds) and meets or exceeds the most stringent regulatory requirements, for better, healthier, breathable air.


Low-E, "Sunset" Windows
By blocking 100% of the Sun's UV rays, these double pane, vinyl framed windows have an invisible low-E film, that keeps the heat out while letting the light shine through. The vinyl also helps to prevent condensation, which leads to mold.


This extra efficient air conditioning system is designed and placed inside the "thermal envelope" of the home for maximum comfort and efficiency. It also exceeds federal and state energy code requirements; code minimum in the state of Georgia is a 13 SEER.


Variable speed air handler
Reduces noise and increases energy efficiency.


Air handler in air-conditioned space
Eliminates unnecessary heating and cooling.


antimicrobial duct board
Offers minimal resistance to air flow reduces noise and does not support microbial growth (fungus and bacteria) for better indoor air quality.


"Heat Shield" Radiant Roof Barrier
An aluminum barrier on the underside of this home's roof reflects heat from the Georgia Sun keeping the attic and your home significantly cooler and more comfortable, reducing heat transfer by up to 40%.


R-38 Blown-in Ceiling Insulation
Exceeding state insulation requirements by over 58%, R-38 blown-in insulation provides a better barrier and superior protection from hot and cold air loss. Insulation slows and reduces the amount of heat transfer into and out of a home.


R-24, Wall  Insulation
The cellulose wall insulation system is the only insulator that provides R-21 protection in a typical 2x6 wall: keeping your home more comfortable and saving you money. We are the only builder in Georgia and north Florida using 2x6 exterior walls construction in all of our homes.
Tank less Water Heater
Also know as Demand water heaters, tank-less water heaters only produce hot water when needed, reducing the amount of standby energy used to heat water with more common, storage water heaters. Tank-less water heaters can be 24-34% more efficient, according to Department of Energy.


Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature of your home throughout the day or when you away: one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming.


Cutting Edge Framing
A home's "thermal envelope" (think of your home like a thermos, where a tight seal is optimal) is one of the most vital components of energy efficiency. By using advanced framing techniques like sealed attic knee-walls and ladder framing our homes are designed, built and tested to ensure the tightest "thermal envelope".


Expanding Foam to seal all exterior openings
Prevents moisture damage, reduces heat loss and gain, and controls indoor air quality. The goal of sealing openings is to have a continuous and effective air barrier. It is normal to have small openings in a new home, what really sets builders apart is how they deal with the openings. Capital Home Builders uses expanding foam, which can also be used as an insulation material, to ensure all leakage is a minimum in your new home.


Fresh Air System
This revolutionary ventilation system introduces fresh, clean air into the home, keeping hot, dirty air outside, while maintaining positive pressure, improved indoor air quality and heightened efficiency.


100% Fluorescent Bulbs
These light bulbs use less energy and money, give you the same amount of light, last longer and produce considerably less heat; keeping your home cooler while saving you money.


All homes built to Department of Energy, Building America Standard
All of Capital Home Builders Homes rate 54 or less on the E-Scale. That means our homes are at least 50% more efficient than typical new homes being built in Georgia and North Florida. That equates to 50% or more savings on your energy bill. Eccltrical bill under $100.00/per month.


All homes independently tested and certified by Department of Energy Representative
In the construction industry anyone can claim they are building energy efficient homes. Having the home energy tested proves that the homes are energy efficient and meet certain required standards and ratings.


Engineered HVAC and Duct System
All Capital Home Builders Homes are built with STANDARD energy saving features that help the homeowner save money and allow a healthier, more comfortable living environment. above is a list of the energy features that Capital Home Builders provide and why they are important! Capital Home Builders has built its reputation as Georgia and North Florida best custom home builder the same way it crafts each and every new home:
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