What is a High-Performance Home? The Difference is Measurable.

Hibbs Homes High-Performance Homes Are Built Above Code & Exceed Energy Efficient Standards

When Kim and Jan Hibbs started Hibbs Homes in 2004 their goal wasn't to be the largest builder, they wanted to become the best home builder. More than 16 years later, the entire Hibbs Home has emerged as a leader in the home building industry because we are always refining our processes and procedures to ensure we deliver the best homes and home building experience to every homeowner. We pride ourselves on delivering measurably better-built custom homes.

At Hibbs Homes, we rely on three rigorous energy-efficient building quality measures to ensure our homes outperform conventionally built new homes: RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System, Owens Corning’s ComfortBuilt standards, and the EPA’s ENERGY Star home building standards.

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What is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS)?

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Every high-performance home we build is measured and certified by an independent energy rating system, known as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS Index). When your new custom home is complete, we bring in an independent RESNET Rater to perform an energy efficiency test. They will assess:

  • Quality and construction of exterior walls - both above and below grade
  • Floors over unconditioned spaces such as garages or cellars
  • Quality and craftsmanship of ceilings and roofs
  • Attics, foundations, and crawl spaces
  • Windows and doors, vents and ductwork
  • Water usage
  • Efficiency of the HVAC system, water heating system, and thermostats

The HERS Rater will also perform a blower door test to accurately measure air leakage into the home. Air leakage is one of the biggest causes of inefficiency in conventionally built homes, leading to higher HVAC bills and the potential for water and pest infiltration of the home. The blower door test measures the energy efficiency of your home by removing the door and replacing it with a modular hard panel of fabric known as a blower door, and all other openings of the home are closed or sealed. The blower door contains a calibrated, variable-speed fan that draws air out of the house when turned on. Using an airflow measurement instrument called a manometer, the RESNET technician measures how quickly new air enters the home. A tightly-built energy-efficient home will refill with air more slowly. A drafty house will refill air more quickly, causing air to pass through the fan faster.

Using the test data, your home is given a HERS rating – which is comparable to a “Miles Per Gallon” sticker on a car. Each home is scored on its performance when compared with conventional, code-built homes and existing homes. The lower the number, the more energy-efficient the home.

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that the typical existing home scores 130 on the HERS Rating Index, while a typical new construction home code-built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code is awarded a rating of 100. The average Hibbs ComfortBuilt Home will score between 29 and 42. Net Zero and Passive Homes perform even lower – with a net energy usage of zero.

What is a Hibbs ComfortBuilt Home?

We are the only ComfortBuilt-certified home builder in Salt Lake City, UT and St Louis, MO. We collaborated with Owen Corning to incorporate their advanced Building Science in air sealing and insulation technology into every home we build. The result is Hibbs ComfortBuilt® Homes which are more comfortable, more durable, and more energy-efficient homes for all of our custom home buyers.

The Owens Corning insulation methods that we’ve incorporated into our build process include the use of the ProPink™ Complete Blown-in Wall System, blown-in attic insulation, and the ENERGYCOMPLETE™ Air Sealant. Using these products, we are better able to prevent air leakage and related heating and cooling energy loss, saving up to 33% on utility costs.

A Hibbs ComfortBuilt® Home has fewer allergens, viruses, and indoor air pollutants and is 70% quieter than other homes. The higher quality materials and better seal on the home also enhance the performance and life of your walls and roof, protecting your investment and reducing maintenance costs.

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What is an Energy STAR home?

As an ENERGY STAR Certified Home Builder, every project that we build meets or exceeds the rigorous building standards of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. You will see, feel, and hear the difference a fully-integrated approach to design and construction makes the moment you step into a home that has achieved this rigorous certification. Building an ENERGY STAR home means you have:

  • Fewer leaks and drafts thanks to comprehensive air sealing, higher quality doors and windows, and high-quality insulation
  • More consistent temperatures with room-to-room and floor-to-floor consistency
  • Better durability thanks to a comprehensive water management system, including flashing, moisture barriers, heavy-duty membranes, and more
  • Improved indoor air quality because of the tighter building envelope and a high-performance filter designed to reduce dust, pollen, and allergens

Our commitment to building better homes has shaped every home we have built since 2004. It is why we have been twice recognized as the Best Energy Efficient Custom Home Builders in Missouri and why we are a leader in the home building industry.

Are you considering building a high performance, energy-efficient home? Schedule a time to talk with our custom home building professionals.