We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you.
Update: October 5, 2011: Homes Development Corp today is announcing that it is committing to build and label its homes to meet the new and more rigorous ENERGY STAR requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for 2012. Homes Development Corp has already built about eight (8) new homes that have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR to date, representing savings of nearly $3600 on utility bills while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from more than four (4) vehicles.
“We’re proud to be making a commitment to continue building ENERGY STAR qualified homes in 201. “By stepping up to the new requirements, we’re going to be offering customers state-of-the-art performance in our homes with a comprehensive package of features that deliver greater value, quality, and comfort than ever before.”
Homes built to the new, more rigorous requirements (referred to as “Version 3”) will be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and will include additional features to give them a performance edge of 20-30% compared to typical new homes and even more when measured against most re-sale homes on the market today.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes that earn the label in 2012 will be built with a comprehensive, building science-based approach that features:
- A detailed package of home envelope air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows to deliver comfort, durability, and lower utility bills.
- A high-efficiency heating, cooling, and ventilation system designed and installed for optimal performance.
- A complete water and moisture management package to protect roofs, walls, and foundations.
- ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances that help reduce monthly utility bills.
- Third-party verification, with independent inspections and testing by a certified Home Energy Rater.
“EPA has raised the bar for what families can expect when they buy a new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR,” said Jonathan Passe, Acting Chief of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Builders who meet the new ENERGY STAR requirements are making a strong statement about their leadership and commitment to providing American homebuyers with truly energy-efficient homes that offer lower utility bills and greater benefits for the environment.”
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, save money, and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners, committed to improving energy efficiency in homes, products, and businesses.
Benefits of owning one of our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes include:
A Label Backed by the Government
All ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are certified to meet EPA's strict guidelines for energy efficiency. This exemplary performance is verified by an independent third party.
Lower Utility Costs
Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified new homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and hot water heating. Homeowners can expect to save about $200–$400 annually on their utility bills.
More Comfortable/Quieter Homes
The energy-efficient features of ENERGY STAR qualified new homes keep out excessive heat, cold, and noise, and ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms-making these homes more comfortable to live in.
Helping to Create a Better Future
By purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified new home, you are joining millions of consumers who have changed to ENERGY STAR, helping our nation reduce our energy needs and building a cleaner environment for the future.
Features of our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes include:
- Effective Insulation — Properly installed insulation that meets or exceeds national code requirements helps achieve even temperatures throughout the house while using less energy. The result is lower utility costs and a quieter, more comfortable home.
- High-Performance Windows — Advanced window coatings help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. They also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furniture.
- Tight Construction and Tight Ducts — Attention to detail by sealing all holes, cracks, and seams in ducts and construction assemblies helps eliminate drafts, moisture, dust, pests, and pollen. This improves comfort and the quality of indoor air, while lowering maintenance costs.
- Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment — More efficient and properly sized heating and cooling systems use less energy, which reduces utility bills. These systems also turn on and off less frequently, removing more humidity and providing better comfort.
For more information on our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes, contact Joe Marino at 781-862-7663.
Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/
VICTORY GARDEN WAY
During planning and design and now development of the site for the Victory Garden Way subdivision, we worked hard to recycle and reuse as much of the former Lexington Gardens Nursery operation, including buildings and structures, and equipment and material, as was possible.
For example, during the demo and removal of the old buildings and structures, we retained for reuse all of the stones from the waterwheel wall tableau, and the existing landscaping from the site. The stones will be reused in walls, and the landscaping will be found on various lots and in the Victory garden Area.
We at Homes Development Corp build exclusively ENERGY STAR homes in Lexington and the twelve new homes in the Victory Garden way subdivision will also be built to that high standard. These homes will be verified by a third party evaluator to have a HERS (Home Energy Rating) index of no more than 65 and will meet the criteria for the recently adopted Massachusetts Energy Code Appendix 120.AA which is also known as the “Stretch Code”. Even the street lights will accept energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes. Homes achieve this level of performance through a combination of energy–efficient improvements, including:
- Effective Insulation Systems
- High–Performance Windows
- Tight Construction and Ducts
- Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting and Appliances
To ensure that a home meets ENERGY STAR guidelines, third–party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater is required. This Rater works closely with the builder throughout the construction process to help determine the needed energy–saving equipment and construction techniques and conduct required on–site diagnostic testing and inspections to document that the home is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label.
Another aspect of the new homes at the Victory Garden subdivision will be the dedicated 220/240-volt line in each garage to allow owners of electric vehicles to drastically reduce the time it takes to charge their plug in electric vehicle.
About Our Company
Homes Development Corp, established in 1986, is a residential homebuilder and developer specializing in traditional single-family dwellings. We have constructed scores of homes in Lexington and the surrounding communities - each one of them meticulously built with pride and to exacting standards.
Lexington is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts and borders Burlington, Woburn, Winchester, Arlington, Belmont, Waltham, Lincoln, and Bedford.