WHO IS ON YOUR BUILD TEAM?
If wish to build a high-performance home an energy rater or certified consultant is a must. They will work with your architect to specify insulation, window, ventilation, and other standards. They also help certify that your home meets the required Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score, if required by your building code. They also typically have connections with different architects and builders who know how to build a home to your desired level of performance and can connect you.
Your architect takes your ideas and turns them into a design that meets your goals and complies with building codes and regulations. Regular meetings are important to establish requirements and discuss detailed design proposals.
Your builder turns your design into reality. They are the project managers, solving problems as they arise. Your builder should be involved in early in the design process to identify opportunities for saving time and money during the build.
Similarly, the builder’s subcontractors should be informed and on board with the performance goals of the home.
You! You are the core stakeholder in the whole process and responsible for maintaining and championing your vision of your high-performance home.
List of Building Professionals Interested in Supporting the Marshall Fire Rebuild
In an effort to facilitate match making between homeowners seeking to rebuild and professionals seeking to serve them, EnergySmart is maintaining a list of building professionals who have expressed interest in working on Marshall Fire rebuilds. The sole requirement to be on this list is to ask to be on it or do have participated in one of the Marshall Fire builder expos. EnergySmart and Boulder County make no representations or warranties regarding accuracy of information, quality of service or product, or proof of licenses or insurance for any company on this list. Nothing about the companies on this list has been vetted or verified by EnergySmart or Boulder County. Rebuilding residents may work with any vendor or contractor they wish and are not limited to those on this list.
This list is a work in progress and will be modified on a weekly basis as additional information becomes available.List of building professionals
Where can you save money?
The more complex your home’s exterior is, the more it costs. Choosing a simple shape both saves construction costs and improves the ratio of exterior surface area to interior floor area, which gives you more interior floor space for your exterior costs and reduces the area and amount of insulation needed. Simple, cost-effective designs can also be beautiful. Multifunctional spaces (e.g. a room that functions as home offices and bedroom or a living room that also functions as a dining room) can cut costs and increase resale value due to their flexibility for future uses.
Aligning your team
Building a home takes a team of architects, builders, energy raters, and subcontractors. Some companies may serve multiple functions or you may have different companies filling each role. Regardless, you want all members of your build team to be aligned with your goals and objectives. Having a meeting early with all the key players to get alignment on your goals can save you time and money later in the process and improve the performance of your home.
Consider your home performance early
Most of the elements of a high-performance home are decided in the design stage as they all work together. It adds extra expense and time delays to incorporate them after the home is designed so consider these elements and what level of home performance you want early in the process.
In order to qualify for Xcel Energy’s incentives, you must work with qualified professionals who are participating in the relevant program. See the second and third pages of their incentive document for a list of participating professionals. If your builder is not on the list, please direct them to the Building Professionals page where they can find the requirements to be added.
Home Building Schedule and Process Planner
Click the button below to download an excel file for the Home Building Schedule and Process planner to help understand the timeline for building your home.Home Building Schedule and Process Planner
What to Ask Builders
You don’t have to be a building professional or building scientist to ask questions to better gauge if a builder is the right fit for your build. Take a look at these questions and why you might ask them.How to Choose a High-Performance Builder
What to Ask Architects
You don’t have to be a building professional or building scientist to ask questions to better gauge if an architect is the right fit for your build. Take a look at these questions and why you might ask them.How to Choose a High-Performance Architect