Schellter Advanced Building Science Saves Energy and Money

By Mark Fitzgerald, in All Communities

We recently completed our 20th home that incorporates Schellter™ Advanced Building Science technology and the results have been tremendous.

Lower HERS Scores Mean Happier Energy Bills


Our whole-house systems approach on the standard Schell Brothers home has produced an average HERS Index Score of 55. For those of you not familiar with the HERS scoring system, lower is better and each 1 point decrease corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption and your energy bill.
For reference, a 10 year old plus house would likely have a score in the 125 to 150 range, a new home built to minimum code would score 100, and a new Version 3.0 Energy Star home is required to score in the 75-80 range.
So our homes on average are 45% more efficient than the code home and at least 20% more efficient than a typical Energy Star home. Keep in mind these scores are based on our standard homes – all of which include Schellter™ technology.
For those looking for extreme efficiency, we just recently completed two homes that feature the addition of Geothermal HVAC and Solar Panel options, which produced HERS scores of 30 and 32.

We Publish All our HERS Scores – Ask Other Builders if They Do the Same

In August, Schell Brothers became the first Delaware Builder to enter into an agreement with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to publish and market all HERS scores. RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the Nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.
To learn more about Schellter™ visit our Advanced Building Science section or stop by one of our Community Sales Centers.

First Schellter™ Home Completed

By Mark Fitzgerald, in All Communities

I’m excited to announce the completion of our first home featuring the new Schellter™ Advanced Building Science Technology. The home, located at The Reserves at Lewes Landing, scored a 53 HERS (Home Energy Rating Score) without the assistance of solar or geothermal. That equates to a home that is 47% more energy efficient than the reference home or a 2006 home built to code. Each 1 point reduction of HERS index score corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption. Since Energy Star requires a HERS index score in the range of 80-85 this house far exceeds those requirements.
In the last few years, a number of builders in our area have jumped on the Energy Star bandwagon with their only objective to meet the minimum threshold as cheaply as possible and stop there. In fact, many of these builders get the certification but don’t even share the final 3rd party HERS index scores with their customers. With our Schellter™ High Performance Home we have created a cos- effective standard home package that produces a superior home in regard to energy, indoor air quality, moisture management and durability. So, if you’re shopping for a new home, ask if the builder provides the final HERS score and see if they will share their average score with you. In the end, the a low HERS score will result in reduced utility costs along with a home that provides superior comfort.
This home also features our SanctuAir™ package which exceeds the EPA Indoor AirPlus Program (first certified home in Delaware!). This places the indoor air quality of this home in the top 10% in the nation, providing true peace of mind. Features like MERV-13 air filters, vented cooktop exhaust to the exterior, low VOC materials, a garage exhaust fan and Green Label Plus certified carpets are just some of the features included that provide a superior indoor environment.
Finally, this home was certified Gold under NAHB National Green Building Standard. That means this customer will be receiving a $5,000 check back at settlement through the Delaware Green for Green rebate program. It really pays to go Green!
Stop by one of our models to learn more about Schellter™ Advanced Building Science along with the Green for Green rebate program.