“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.”
We believe the construction of your home should be commensurate to the qualities of the memories it holds. Every house we build is comfortable, durable, and efficient. Although High Performance homes may look the same at first glance, what differentiates High Performance is the measurability of these qualities. It is a process of quantifying comfort by measuring humidity and temperature differences throughout the house. It is keeping the home strong by keeping the water out using scientifically proven building methods. It is putting a numerical score to the energy efficiency.
In other words, we can prove High Performance.
Look for these symbols on our listings or decide what’s important to you for your custom home.
Lifetime Home Certified
In order for a home to be Lifetime Home Certified, it must
- Be a Verified Indoor Air Quality home or certified with EPA Indoor Air Plus.
- Pass the Durability plus standard and
- Have a HERS rating of 68 or less (at least 32% more efficient than a home built to code)
Lifetime Home Certification is a Trademark of Scott True Construction. Certification must be done by a third party inspector.
Verified Indoor Air Quality
To receive the Verified Indoor Air Quality rating, a home must pass the following stringent guidelines
- Must pass the durability plus standard – A main result of building durable is that moisture is kept out of the house which also affects Indoor Air Quality.
- Must pass a blower door test with a result of 3.5 ACH50 or tighter – By building tight (and ventilating right), we control and filter the air on our terms instead of letting the house breath through accidental holes.
- Must have a means to dehumidify to 60% relative humidity – Keeping humidity in check is not only good for durability but also makes for a comfortable house with no need to constantly adjust the thermostat.
- Must have a means to bring in and filter fresh air.
Verified Indoor Air Quality is a Trademark of Scott True Construction. Certification must be done by a third party inspector.
Verified Indoor Air Quality Plus
Must meet the above Verified Indoor Air Quality guidelines plus the following.
- Pass a blower door test with a result of 2.5 ACH50 or tighter
- Must have a means to dehumidify to 55% relative humidity or better.
- Ventilation must be balanced – This means using mechanics such as an Energy Recovery Ventilator and Make Up Air to balance the pressures.
- Must have optimal air filtration at a MERV8 level or better.
Verified Indoor Air Quality plus is a Trademark of Scott True Construction. Certification must be done by a third party inspector.
EPA Indoor Air Plus
Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. Certification is done through an independent third party qualified inspector.
- Must be a Certified Energy Star Home
- Moisture control inside and out
- Radon-resistant features installed
- Corrosion-proof rodent/bird screens installed at all openings
- Must have a means to dehumidify to 60% relative humidity
- Must have optimal air filtration at a MERV8 level or better.
- Emissions standards met for fuel-burning and space-heating appliances.
- All composite wood products certified low emission.
- Interior paints and finishes certified low emission.
- Carpet, carpet adhesives, and carpet cushion certified low emission.
- HVAC system and ductwork verified to be dry and clean AND new filter installed.
- Home ventilated before occupancy.
- Equipment manuals, Indoor airPLUS label, and certificate provided for owner/occupant.
Keeping water out is the number one most important element for the durability of a home. To pass the Durability plus standard, the house must not only be waterproofed, but it must be done in a specific way. It must not be using caulks, which fail, as a waterproofing mechanism.
- Must meet code for structural integrity
- Must use a quality house wrap with no holes – This means that no woven wraps are used. The house wrap must not have any tears or rips.
- There must be an air gap between siding and sheathing to establish a rain screen and ventilation space. In the Bastrop area climate, a textured house wrap creates enough space for this to occur
- All penetrations (windows, doors, pipes, wires, etc.) through the house must be flashed at the waterproof layer behind the siding and rain screen through a means in which the overlapping of fittings and materials is the primary mechanism for water proofing.
- Roofing must be installed per code and all pieces and flashings are overlapping in the right direction (down and out).
Durability Plus is a Trademark of Scott True Construction. Certification must be done by a third party inspector.
“HERS rated energy efficient homes are the key to green living, providing better home comfort, lower running costs and higher resale values.” – https://www.hersindex.com/
The HERS Index Score indicates an easy to understand value for the energy efficiency of a specific home. HERS scores are established by certified and independent HERS raters.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
A new home or apartment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the US EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments use significantly less energy than typical new homes and apartments while delivering better comfort, quality, and durability.
Net Zero Ready
All DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are so efficient, a renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption. Verified through independent inspectors.
Net Zero Energy
The combined energy efficiency of the home with a renewable energy system creates a home that produces as much energy that is consumed. Net Zero Energy is a Trademark of Scott True Construction. Certification must be done by a third party inspector.
Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. “Optimize your gains and losses” based on climate summarizes the approach. Passive House has the most strict requirements of any home certification program and therefore is really the top of the line when it comes to durability, comfort, and efficiency. A qualified third party inspector works with the builder throughout the building process.
Just by saying “Good Morning” to your hub, kitchen lights turn on, the coffee pot starts, and the Hub reads the top headlines and weather for you. In the evening, say “Set the Mood” to have the lights turn off and the electric fireplace turn on. These are the kinds of things you can do in a Dimora Smart Home. A Dimora Smart Home comes with smart switches, a smart doorbell, and a Google Hub. Many of our homes will come with extra features that will be detailed on the listing. You can also customize your Smart Home features with us.