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SIPA Builders Claim EVHA Awards

Scott Homes and Ferrier Custom Homes receive prestigious Energy Value Housing Awards at the International Builders’ Show

January 19, 2009 – SIPA builder members Scott Homes and Ferrier Custom Homes both accepted Energy Value Housing Awards (EVHA) from the National Association of Home Builders at an awards ceremony held during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV.  The awards recognize builders who build energy-efficient homes and promote energy efficiency through active marketing and customer relations efforts.

Now in its fourteenth year, the EVHA recognizes homes that fall into one of five categories (Affordable, Custom, Factory-Built, Multifamily, and Production) in one of three climate regions (Cold, Moderate and Hot).  One of the category winners is also selected as the Builder of the Year, and Scott Homes took this top honor.

Scott Homes

Olympia, WA builder Scott Bergford took home a Gold award for the best Custom Home in a Cold Climate and was selected as the EVHA Builder of the Year.  Judges were impressed by Bergford’s across the board excellence, including customer relations, marketing, planning and quality control.  They described Scott Homes as “doing it all very well but constantly looking for ways to improve.”

Bergford works with the Washington State University Extension Energy Program to continually test and monitor the energy use in his homes.

“The winning house is the result of many previous houses and of testing and learning and growing,” said Bergford.  “We had to learn that there is more than just putting up SIPs and installing radiant heat."

Scott Homes’ winning entry was a 1,930 sq. ft. early twentieth century style bungalow in Olympia, WA.  The home uses SIP walls from Premier Building Systems and low-e, gas-filled windows for a high performance building envelope.  Radiant heating and a heat recovery ventilator make for an efficient heating system, while a tankless hot water heater and compact fluorescent lighting help bring the home down to a HERS Index of 58.

Bergford is busy enjoying some of the publicity generated by the award.  He has spoken at events hosted by his local home builders association, the Building Industry Association of Washington, and was featured in Olympia’s daily newspaper, The Olympian.  Now, Bergford has enlisted a marketing consultant to help him capitalize on his newfound fame by attracting new customers.

Despite all his recent recognition, Bergford insists that behind the award is a solid customer service ethic that has been driving Scott Homes for years.

“There are lots of good builders out there, and common to all the good ones is that we have integrity,” he said.  “When you care, you make an effort to make the customer happy."

Ferrier Custom Homes

Based in Fort Worth, TX, Ferrier Custom Homes is no stranger to the EVHA awards—2009 marks their fifth consecutive award.  This year they grabbed the Gold award for Hot Climate Custom Home with a 3,212 sq. ft. home built in Grapevine, TX.

As with all their homes, owner Don Ferrier relied on SIPs from FischerSIPS to form the basis for this high performance home.  A passive solar design limits heat gain, while heating and cooling are provided by an efficient 20 SEER air source heat pump.  Ferrier uses a zoned heating and cooling system that treats each area of the house independently and allows the homeowner to minimize the amount of energy spent on heating and cooling.  These technologies combine with an energy recovery ventilator, tankless hot water heater, and compact fluorescent lighting for a HERS Index of 53.

The EVHA judges were especially impressed with Ferrier Custom Homes’ extensive cost benefit analysis to determine the right selection of equipment and materials for optimum energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

“We pride ourselves on working alongside our homeowners to find energy-efficient systems that work for their budget and lifestyle—it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach,” said General Manager Heather Ferrier.  “We evaluated every facet of the construction based on what worked within our client’s parameters, all the while keeping energy efficiency and sustainability in the forefront of every decision.”

Client service and education is another key part of the Ferrier Custom Homes business.  Since winning his first EVHA award in 2005, Don Ferrier has given many educational presentations on green and energy-efficient building.  He is involved with the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee and also a frequent speaker at SIPA’s Annual Meeting & Conference (be sure to see Don’s presentation “Building Platinum LEED Homes” at the 2009 SIPA Annual Meeting)

Heather Ferrier attributes the many EVHA awards to their desire to continually improve the building process and integrate the latest building technologies into their designs

“We’re constantly evaluating what’s working within our system built approach,” she said.  “As technology continues to evolve and improve, our approach to building must do the same. And with each win we walk away with a lesson learned and incorporate that into future projects; it’s all definitely a process."

Applications for the 2010 Energy Value Housing Awards are due June 30, 2009.  For more information, visit www.nahbrc.org/evha.

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