WHO IS ON YOUR BUILD TEAM?

Your energy rater or certified consultant
Your architect
Your builder
Your builder’s subcontractors
You

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

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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.

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Home Building Schedule and Process Planner

Click the button below to download 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 when interviewing architects and builders

Comfort Level
Is the building team comfortable building the style and quality of home desired?

Certification
Is the team able to build to the desired certification level to access the Xcel incentive?

Work Portfolio
Can they provide examples of high-performance homes that they’ve worked on?

Local Expertise
Have they built homes in the area? Local contacts and familiarity can help a builder stay on time.

Total Loss Insurance
Experience with total loss insurance claim rebuilds can help your build go smoother.

Informative
Can they provide details about the materials and products they will be using in your home?

Energy Rater
Will you need to hire an energy rater separately or will they offer these services as we

Subcontractor Vetting
How do they vet the quality and competency of subcontractors that they intend to use?

Communication Protocol
How will they communicate throughout the home building process?

Construction Warranty
What warranty policy do they offer for the home once construction is complete?

Future-oriented
Are they designing with the future in mind? Are they considering how the construction will age?

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.

Do you have a building philosophy?
Have you built to a building certification program or standard?
Do you work with third party energy modeling/inspection companies?
How do you measure performance in your homes?
What is an Energy Rating Index? Have you had a home energy rated?
What is Building science and why should I care about it?
Tell me about the 4 control layers that I have heard of and what is your general strategy for addressing them?
Have you attended a builder certification program like PHIUS certified builder or EEBA’s houses that work?
Many builders and general contractors don’t actually build the house, they manage the house building process.
How do you balance aesthetics and performance?
What building informational resources do you use in your work?
What types of building performance tools do you use in your work?
Can you give me names and contact information of a couple homeowners you built houses for?

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.

Do you have a design philosophy or guideline?
Do you design with heating and cooling in mind?
What is Building science and why should I care about it?
Tell me about the 4 control layers that I have heard of and what is your general strategy for addressing them?
Do you design the building assemblies?
Do you create performance targets for the Builder and contractors?
Have you designed an EnergyStar, DOE Zero Energy Ready, or Passive House, Fortified, Indoor AirPLUS?
What is Firewise construction?
How many windows can I have in my house?
How does the complexity of the form of the house impact its performance?
How detailed are your drawings?
Do you work with third party energy modeling/inspection companies?
How do you measure performance in your homes?
Have any of the homes you designed had a home energy rated? What is an Energy Rating Index?
Have you attended a certification program like PHIUS certified builder or EEBA’s houses that work?
What type of continue educational do you do. Conference, programs etc.
Who will be designing my house and if it is not you do you offer continuing education opportunities to your employees and trade parents?
Do you manage the building of our house? Do you do site visits? How often? Are you available during the build for questions? How responsive are you? How involved are you?
How do you balance aesthetics and performance?
What building informational resources do you use in your work?
Can you give me names and contact information of a couple homeowners you design houses for?

Rebuilding Education Opportunity

The Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG), with support from Boulder County, is hosting a year-long series on rebuilding. CGBG is a non-profit organization based in Boulder County that is run by volunteer building professionals (architects, builders, engineers, and building science interested individuals).

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