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EnviroDri Model Home

That was one heck of a storm last night!  As rain and wind was pounding our house last night I began thinking about the building practices of homes in our town.  As building products evolve what we see in the market evolves, but at a much slower rate.  This picture does a good job of showing several products used to protect your new home from storms like we had last night.

The furthest house is built with a foam board product and with weatherproofing paper stapled over top.  These overlapping layers of weatherproofing paper require tape to weatherproof the house.  

The middle house is built with a "Zip System" exterior.  This product has the waterproofing paper laminated onto the OSB sheathing.  This is another product that relies on tape to be the chief method of ensuring water, wind, bugs, etc. do not enter the walls of your home.

The closest house was built with 2x6 exterior walls and was 100% sealed with EnviroDri.  EnviroDri is a liquid applied waterproofing that prevents rain, wind and bugs from penetrating the walls.  No tape is necessary, it's a 100% continuous and seamless application.  The liquid dries but remains flexible to accommodate expansion and contraction.  

All of these homes will get thousands of holes pounded into them when the siding is applied.  EnviroDri is the only product seen here that will stay pliable and act as a sealer around each and every nail that is pounded into the wall.

EnviroDri is just one included feature in every custom home started by The Home Company.  Please consider best building practices when shopping for your next custom home, because we all know the storms will keep coming!

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People rarely ask me about the energy efficiency of our homes.  Why is this?  People never buy a car without comparing it's gas mileage to the competition. Why would you make the largest investment of your life without doing the same?

The HERS Index is the nationally recognized way to give a home a "gas mileage", or rate it's utility usage.  Many builders in Omaha, and across the country build homes that are just "built to code".  This is the absolute least a builder can provide in a home that is allowed by law.  Think about that.  

A home built to minimum code would receive a HERS score of 100.  Every home The Home Company has ever built has been third party tested and given an individual HERS score.  These scores typically rate between 48 and 60.  This means the anticipated energy usage for the home is 48% to 60% of the usage of the competitors new home that was just built to code.  These houses could be right next door to each other.

Many existing homes in Omaha can test at 200 or higher.

Saving $100/month on utilities is the cost of two plane tickets to anywhere in the United States every year that you live in your home!

I would like to see more people consider this while house hunting.  If you are in a model and the builder or agent can't tell you the HERS score, keep looking.  They are more than likely pocketing more and offering you a lesser product.

If you're a geek like me and would like to know more about the HERS Index, CLICK HERE.

Happy house hunting!



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