By Gary Thomas
Southern Energy Management’s ecoHOME program has won Triangle Business Journal’s (TBJ) 2012 Clean & Green "Entrepreneurial Effort/Innovation Idea of the Year" award.
"Entrepreneurial Effort/Innovation Idea of the Year" award
The ecoHOME program had been launched by the Morrisville-based company just two months back. It is a novel program that simplifies the method of testing and verifying the construction of energy-efficient homes. These homes are tested based on how they optimize energy performance, comfort and health.
Along with the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS), the ecoHOME combines application of common sense in indoor air quality, water efficiency and energy efficiency. The ecoHOME program has been named as an “EnergySmart” program by RESNET. On the HERS Index, any home that receives ecoHOME qualification will score 75 or less, which translates to 25% higher energy efficiency than a normal house built according to code.
Southern Energy Management’s ecoHOME program has so far received commitment from 13 builders, who represent around 600 new homes annually. Of these, 9 builders have so far completed 133 homes which have received ecoHOME Qualification. The ecoHOME program was officially launched in July, and before that the company had introduced a beta version of the program.
The Director of Building Performance Operations at SEM, Michael Peaden, stated that the Clean & Green award recognition was an honor for the company’s building performance team.
SEM is a sustainable energy company that provides green building, solar and energy efficiency services.