What's an EfficiencyCrafted® home?

Participating builders use advanced construction practices, design details and materials to deliver energy savings from the day you move in.

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The lowdown on HERS scores

A low HERS index score means a more efficient home with lower utility bills.

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EfficiencyCrafted® builders offer variety

From starter homes to dream houses, there’s an EfficiencyCrafted builder ready to build in your price range.

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Rigorously tested for proven efficiency

All EfficiencyCrafted homes must pass a detailed inspection from a certified independent energy rater.

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Comfortably efficient homes

Innovative insulation and sealing techniques combine with high efficiency HVAC systems to provide year-round, wall-to-wall comfort.

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About the EfficiencyCrafted® program

Brought to you by Columbia Gas of Ohio and AEP Ohio, builders participating in the EfficiencyCrafted program use advanced construction practices, design details and materials that are verified to meet a higher standard of energy performance. The result is a home that delivers improved quality and comfort, and energy savings that you can enjoy from the day you move in.

All EfficiencyCrafted homes are energy rated and feature these eight advantages:

Improved Insulation

Properly installed insulation with higher R-value helps keep heat in during winter, out during summer.

Air Sealing

Sealing leaks, cracks and gaps throughout the home and around equipment reduces drafts and energy bills.

High Performance Windows

Low-E ENERGY STAR qualified windows insulate better and reduce moisture problems for a difference you can see and feel.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Heating Equipment

More efficient than standard models when sized and insulated properly.

Properly Installed Duct System
Well-sealed ducts reduce air loss by as much as 20% for greater comfort. In unconditioned space, proper duct installation reduces heat loss for additional savings.
ENERGY STAR Qualified Appliances

Made by leading manufacturers you know and trust, ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers and other home products offer a range of styles and features, while meeting high standards for energy performance.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting
Light bulbs and fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR label last up to 10x longer and use 2/3 less energy. And, they’ve never looked better in light quality and design.
Mechanical Ventilation

Provides fresh air exchange to help reduce indoor moisture problems, odors and pollutants.

A growing number of EfficiencyCrafted builders include these additional features and benefits:
ENERGY STAR Certification

ENERGY STAR Certification of the whole home, not just individual components, means it’s been built to achieve EPA’s additional requirements for comfort, durability, moisture management and indoor air quality as well as energy efficiency. Ask about the highest level of EfficiencyCrafted – ENERGY STAR Certification.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Cooling Equipment

Properly sized and installed high efficiency cooling equipment maximizes performance and savings.

High Performance Windows

Low-E ENERGY STAR qualified windows insulate better and reduce moisture problems for a difference you can see and feel.

What is a HERS index rating?

Lower score = more savings.

HERS is short for “Home Energy Rating System®.” The system uses an index to create a HERS score. A HERS score is a measure of energy efficiency. Here’s how it works. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home. Typical existing homes have a score over 100, while standard built new homes have scores in the range of 85 -100. EfficiencyCrafted® homes score below 70 and often as low as 55–signifying the home is 45% more efficient than a 100-point reference home. Builders that participate in the EfficiencyCrafted program are required to use a combination of proven technologies, advanced building practices and performance testing to drive down the HERS scores of their finished homes.

Built to last

Higher performance from the ground up.

An EfficiencyCrafted® home is built to nationally recognized standards for energy efficient construction. Participating builders use an integrated whole-house approach that incorporates high performance equipment and building practices together with independent testing and verification to help ensure that quality and savings endure for decades to come.

“When my husband and I built our new home, we knew we wanted it to be as energy efficient as possible. We were pleased this was also important to our builder. He took the time to review the components of a home built to EfficiencyCrafted® specs outlined by AEP and Columbia Gas, not just to standard building code. The result for us is a very comfortable home with utility bills lower than what they were for our former, smaller home.”

– Christal S., Homeowner

Lower energy bills

Budget-friendly savings on utility bills.

EfficiencyCrafted homes can use up to 30% less energy for heating and cooling than standard built homes.  According to EPA estimates, this reduced energy usage can save families as much as $400 or more per year* on their utility bills. The ENERGY STAR® certified appliances featured in all EfficiencyCrafted® homes use up to 50% less energy than standard models.

* Source: Environmental Protection Agency

  • Energy Usage Compared to Homes Built to Code 70%
  • Energy Use of ENERGY STAR Appliances vs. Standard Models 50%

Improved comfort

Comfort: Year-round, wall-to-wall.

All EfficiencyCrafted® homes are built to minimize leaks and drafts that cause hot and cold spots. Their innovative use of insulation, advanced sealing techniques and high efficiency heating and cooling systems all work together to provide year-round, wall-to-wall comfort. Additional insulation and air sealing also helps create a quieter environment.

Healthier environment

Breathe a little easier.

An EfficiencyCrafted® home can be a healthier place to live. All feature ventilation systems that help improve air quality, reduce humidity, and remove odors.

“Our customers are pleased that we design homes that far exceed the energy efficiencies called for by standard code. As a participant in the EfficiencyCrafted® program sponsored by AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio, we allow an independent rater to test and verify that every home we build meets stringent construction guidelines for energy efficiency. This best-of-class practice lowers the homeowner’s utility bills for heating and cooling.”

– Bill Lange, Westport Homes

Peace of mind

Third party inspection and testing using nationally recognized standards.

All EfficiencyCrafted® homes undergo rigorous testing from a qualified, independent energy rater certified under the Home Energy Rating System to help assure you’re getting maximum energy efficiency, savings and value. And, your HERS rated home can improve your resale value should you decide to sell.

“We have six children. Going with an EfficiencyCrafted builder was a no brainer for us.”

Lori K., – Customer with new house under construction

“Consumers are beginning to care as much about their HERS score as the cost per square foot of the house.”

– Randy Hall, President, Rater, Cornerstone Energy Conservation Services

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