Divine Custom Homes Helps Homebuyers Breathe Better, Cleaner Indoor Air.

Should homeowners be concerned about breathing in dust, mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and other potentially toxic pollutants inside their homes? Of course they should. Having a healthy indoor air quality when moving into a new home is something we all assume we will get, but that may not always be the case. Studies performed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveal that many indoor air pollutants can be two to four times higher than outdoor levels. And since we spend most of our time indoors, insuring good indoor air quality should be of utmost importance. For individuals with a history of respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies, and chronic sinusitis, there is one sure way reduce the risk of poor indoor air when you are shopping for a new home—look for the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label.

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The good news for the Rio Grande Valley is that the Indoor airPLUS certification is now available–introduced in our market by Divine Custom Homes, who incorporates the Indoor airPlus program into every home they build. To earn the Indoor airPlus label, a home is required to comply with strict construction practices and product specifications which reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and harmful contaminants, and this can only be awarded to an ENERGY STAR® qualified home. Olga Treviño, founder of Divine Custom Homes, has been an ENERGY STAR® partner for many years. “We build all of our homes 100% ENERGY STAR®, or we won’t build it,” she said. “If we build your home, you are guaranteed a home of unparalleled quality, energy efficiency, and comfort. And that’s not just me saying that—it’s our inspectors. With a Divine home, you can rest assured that you and your family will breathe easier with your homebuying decision—literally.”

With so many new homes on the market today, it makes sense to narrow your search by only looking for homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS labels. You will be guaranteed “above code” energy efficiency, comfort, durability, good indoor air quality, and, more importantly, peace of mind that you made an excellent choice.
Visit www.epa.gov/indoorairplus for more information.

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Rafael Munguia and daughters, Camila Alessandra (standing); Maria Elise (sitting).

Not long ago, the RGV New Homes Guide featured Caribella Homes on its cover, spotlighting the company as “The Valley’s Luxury, Eco-Friendly Builder.”  Rafael Munguia, President and CEO of Caribella Homes, was—and still is—on the leading edge of sustainable design, also known as “green-building.”  At that time, Munguia expressed his dream of one day building the first “net zero green” home in the Valley—a sustainable home that produces as much energy as it consumes. With Caribella Homes recently receiving a distinguished certification of one of its homes as a “U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home,” you can say Rafael Munguia is on track to fulfill
his dream.

A home certified in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program means the home has achieved an “ULTRA” energy efficiency status by taking the requirements of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS programs to higher levels, which can mean up to 40-50% or more savings on utilities over a typical new home. The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS certifications are both prerequisites for a “Zero Energy Ready Home” certification. The comprehensive package of requirements needs to comply with all of the programs and address all levels of energy efficiency, comfort, indoor air quality, durability, and value. This “whole-house and all-systems” approach of the “Zero Energy Ready Home” certification gives buyers a guarantee that their homes will outlast similar homes and attain superior levels of performance.

There are only a few select builders across the country that have committed to building Zero Energy Ready Homes. These homes have been called the homes of the future, but the future is now, and a Zero Energy Ready Home is available in the Valley today from Caribella Homes, who builds not just a high performance home but a superior performance home.

“Our hearts may drive our architectural and interior design,” said Munguia of his team, “but our minds are driven by efficient engineering.” The minimum energy code laws go into effect on September 1, 2016, in the State of Texas; these laws set the bar for the bare minimum needed to comply with the legal requirements of constructing a home. While many home builders and home buyers will be content with a home built to minimum standards, it’s a good feeling to know that there are builders in our market who are more concerned about setting the bar for superior excellence in construction and sustainable living for the sake of our future generations. Go to energy.gov and search DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes or visit caribellahomes.com for more information.

2016 New Energy Codes Require More Energy Efficient Lighting

The Light House Lighting Center is the oldest light retailer in the Rio Grande Valley. First established in 1972, the company that began with a small showroom in Harlingen, Texas, today has expanded to operate showrooms in McAllen, Pharr, and Port Isabel. “We have seen many changes and advances in the lighting industry over the years,” said Charles Kennedy, 2nd  generation owner of this family business. “The recent adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the State of Texas brings with it a mandatory requirement that 75% of lamps be high-efficiency lamps or that 75% of light fixtures have only high-efficiency lights in all new construction in both residential and commercial buildings. With all the lighting options on the market today, this will be a challenge for those in the building industry.”

The new code requirements will indeed present a challenge for those trying to balance the legal building requirements and the aesthetic and functional needs of homebuyers. But the new code requirements also represent a competitive advantage for Charles Kennedy and his company, which has over 44 years of experience. “Buying lighting off the shelf or over the Internet may not always be the best idea, and could be one that may actually cost you more money over the long run in utility costs,” said Kennedy. “Don’t look at what the light costs, look at how much money it will save you during its use. Using energy efficient lighting is one of the easiest and fastest way to cut your utility bill.”

When shopping for light bulbs, some of the options you will have include the following: halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  Knowing which type to buy for a particular function is important to saving energy. Note that traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy and give off 90% of the energy as heat.  Most of these bulbs are no longer being manufactured. Halogen incandescent bulbs offer a wide range of shapes and colors and can be used with dimmers, but there are many more efficient options. CFLs use 1/3 of the energy of traditional incandescent and last ten times longer. Then there are LEDs. LEDs are one of today’s most efficient lights. They use up to ¼ of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 8 to 25 times longer than halogen incandescent bulbs. This last option is a prime example of how a product can seem expensive, yet will actually save you money in the long run.

Ultimately, the key is to truly understand what you are buying with the help of a professional, and the Light House Lighting Centers across the Rio Grande Valley are here to help.

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Charles Kennedy, The Light House Lighting Center


To learn more about The Light House Lighting Center or find a store near you, please visit www.TheLightHouseRGV.com

Where Is The Proof? Get The Guarantee That Your New Home Is Built To Save™

It is human nature to make assumptions that are often based on our knowledge, perceptions, and past experiences. When it comes to building or buying a new home, for example, most of us assume that there are many people, from manufacturers, to suppliers, to building professionals, to government officials, who will ensure that we are buying a quality, energy efficient home that is guaranteed to last a long time. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The reality is that as consumers, we should not take anyone’s word that what we are buying is what it is represented to be—especially if it’s a new home. Ask for proof.

IF CARS WERE BUILT LIKE HOUSES
As we have all heard before, buying a new home is surely the single, largest purchase we will make in our lifetime. Yet, the current building and buying process for a new home can seem ridiculous when, for example, one compares it to building or buying a new car. Check out this short video, “If Cars Were Built Like Houses,” which illustrates the point beautifully. You may laugh out loud when you see this video because it is funny—but it’s no joke. The bad news is that the video depicts what, unfortunately, is reality for many who are building or buying a house today. The good news is that by the time you finish this article, you will have all you need to know how to change that reality for you.

If you saw the video referenced above, you know that the only way to make sure you are getting a quality-built and energy efficient home is to ask for proof. Look for homes that have been performance tested, inspected, and have been verified by third-party inspectors who guarantee that the home complies with the required quality-controlled checklists of a high-performance home certification.

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PROGRAM CERTIFICATION

The Built To Save™ Program is one of several high-performance home programs available to builders that provides homebuyers the proof they need to know that their home was quality-built and is guaranteed to be more energy efficient than a similar home built only to current national code. The attractiveness of the Built To Save™ program is that unlike other programs, it doesn’t require the builder to jump through hoops to meet extensive construction requirements or focus on non-energy saving items that would be more appropriate for building green.  The program also provides generous incentives from Magic Valley Electric Coop (MVEC) to the builders for homes in MVEC territory that can be used to offset the cost of inspections. The Built To Save™ Program is really designed to compete with homes built only to code—the bare minimum standards in quality and efficiency that a home must legally meet. The program fills the gap between the more comprehensive ENERGY STAR® certification, which is more expensive and difficult to obtain, and building homes to minimum code. Built To Save™ offers homebuyers (and builders) a more accessible method to obtain “proof” that the home has been built “above code” and certified as a high-performance home.

A home that has earned the Built To Save™ certification means the home has met construction requirements designed to save homeowners money on utilities with tighter construction and better efficiency than a home built to simply comply with code. Every contractor will say that they build an energy efficient home. Not one of them will say otherwise. And you the homebuyer won’t really know just how energy efficient the home is until you move in and get your first electric bill.

With a Built To Save™ certified home, it’s not the builder but rather an independent third-party home energy rater who gives you a guarantee that the home is more energy efficient than a similar home built to code. The home energy rater also performs inspections before the walls are put in and uses specialized equipment and software to test the leakiness of the home’s envelope (roof, walls, windows, doors) and ductwork after the home is completed. These final tests provide data that is used to calculate the home’s Energy Rating Index (ERI), also known as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. The ERI is the best predictor of how well a home will perform in the consumption of energy. The lower the ERI or HERS score, the more energy efficient a home is predicted to be and the more homeowners will save on utilities every month for the life of the home.

IT’ NOT JUST ABOUT THE MONEY SAVED
While saving money is great, the other benefits of a Built To Save™ certified home may a have a more appreciated impact on daily life. Because a Built To Save™ home is built to meet higher standards, the homes will provide tighter construction, air tight and efficiently-designed ductwork, with a heating, ventilation, and cooling system (HVAC) that is sized right to the living areas and needs of the home. What this means is that homeowners will enjoy even temperatures across every room in the home, better indoor air quality, protection from pests, less maintenance, and less air infiltration. In short, homebuyers of Built To Save™ homes will save money and enjoy more comfort in their homes!

WHY AREN’T ALL HOMES CERTIFIED?
You would think that all builders would have their houses certified by the Built To Save™ program, or a similar program, for the benefit and peace of mind of the consumer, yet they don’t all do. And the reason they don’t may surprise you, but it makes a lot of sense—to them and their business model anyway. The most common reason we hear builders say they don’t certify their homes as high-performance homes is, “Homebuyers don’t ask for them, so I’m not going spend more on something no one is asking for.”

Sadly, they are correct. The only people that can change the attitude of these builders and others who say, “I’m already building a quality and energy efficient home; I don’t need a piece of paper telling me what I already know,” are you, the homebuyers. What these builders fail to see is that the piece of paper or “proof” represents a) the confidence they have in their work to agree to a third party professional inspecting the home for quality assurance. And b) a commitment to improve their product, even if it means spending more time and money, to give their homebuyer a better, more efficient home.

Remember: ask for proof, and not just a certificate of occupancy that the home passed the city’s code inspection to comply with minimum code laws. Ask to see a high-performance certificate issued by such programs as the following: Built To Save™, ENERGY STAR®, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), and GreenBuilt RGV. Visit BuiltToSave.org to learn more about the benefits of the program and to find a Built To Save™ builder. You can also turn to pages 18-20 where the area’s leading energy efficient builders are featured in this issue.


*Video produced by Illinois Association of Energy Raters and home performance professionals and adapted from the book “Measured Home Performance” by Rick Chitwood and Lew Harriman.

10 Ways To Find Out If Your Home Is Energy Efficient

In the blazing heat of summer, walking into a nice, cool space is refreshing. Sure, you want to have a comfortable home, but you don’t want to pay a lot in utility bills. So how do you know if your new home is energy efficient? If you bought a home certified as BUILT TO SAVE™ or ENERGY STAR®, then you have a written guarantee from an unbiased, third party who inspects and tests the home to verify its performance.

If you insist on buying a home that hasn’t been tested and certified, and we don’t recommend that you do, here are some key features you should know that play major roles in determining the comfort and the energy efficiency performance of your new home. Ask your builder about these and base your buying decision on his or her answers.

  1. WINDOWS
    Windows give homes style and beautiful views, but they also let heat and cold in and out of the home. Energy efficient windows are designed to reduce utility bills by helping to control the temperatures in the home by acting as insulation. Unlike the single function of wall insulation, which is to stop the transfer of heat from one location to the other, windows have multiple functions and require multiple ways of rating their thermal insulation performance. Here are 4 measurements you should know about that also apply to doors and skylights.

    U-factor is a calculation of the entire window assembly that measures the rate of heat transfer (heat gain or loss through the glass) based on the conduction performance of the various components of the window. The lower the U-factor, the better the window will be at reducing heat transfer. Climate Zone 2 requires a U-factor of 0.40 or less and 0.65 or less for skylights.

    Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is the amount of sun that enters through the window and creates heat inside. The lower the SHGC, the better the window is at blocking the sun from warming your home. Climate Zone 2 requires a SHGC of 0.25 or lower.

    Low-e glazings lower the SHGC ratings of the window. Low-e stands for low emissivity, and these windows feature a microscopically thin transparent coating designed to reflect heat without blocking light. On the outside of the home, low-e windows reflect the sun’s heat back to the sun and on the inside, the heat from a heater will be reflected back into the home, making these windows superior energy efficient products.

    Visible Transmittance (VT) is a measurement (from 0 to 1) that represents the amount of visible light coming through the window, taking into account the light that is blocked by the frame and other window components. The higher the VT, the more daylight will enter the home. Be aware that a more energy efficient window may lower the VT, so consider the tradeoff. Generally, a VT of .54 or better is good, but it could be less. It all depends on the direction the window faces, the design, and other factors. A higher VT can reduce usage of interior lights.

    Air Leakage (AL) is an optional rating that may not always appear on the window label. AL represents the amount of air (heat loss or gain) passing through the whole window assembly. AL ratings are from .01 to .03 and the lower the number, the better the window is at keeping out air.

    2) INSULATION
    The Rio Grande Valley has one of the hottest temperatures in the nation. Here’s what you need to know about insulation. The purpose of insulation is to slow or prevent the transfer of heat. During winter it keeps the heat in and in the summer it keeps the heat out. The ability of insulation to do this is measured in R-values.

    R-values rate the effectiveness of insulation materials. The higher the R-value, the more resistance to heat flow. Code laws set minimum standards, but that is not the best for the consumer. We recommend that you look for a BUILT TO SAVE™ or ENERGY STAR® builder who builds above code requirements. The insulation in their homes are inspected at the framing stage before the walls are added to insure proper installation, and that there are no missing air barriers or gaps between the air barrier and insulation. Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 1.48.08 PM

    Insulation includes many types of materials (in many forms and applications) like fiberglass, rockwool, cellulose, spray foam, and foam boards like polystyrene and polyisocyanurate, which have the highest R-value of the foam insulations.

    Proper installation of insulation can reduce average home heating and cooling costs up to 50 percent. When it comes to insulation, if you hire the wrong installer, you will be paying for it every month on your
    utility bill.

    3) WATER HEATING
    While you want your house to be cool, you want the water in the shower to be hot. But water heating can account for up to 20 percent of a home’s energy costs, so it pays to know what you are buying. Your choice of a water heater will depend on how much hot water you will use. And there are plenty of choices that include gas and electric options.

    Water heaters are available as storage tank, tankless (on-demand), heat pump (hybrid), solar, and condensing. Each has pros and cons, and their cost will vary depending on what they offer. It is not always wise to “go cheap” where you may end up paying more in the long run to replace a water heater that did not last. For durability, you would be wise to consider Magic Valley Electric Coop’s Marathon water heater with a limited lifetime guarantee. Remember that there is also the natural gas heat pump which is among the most energy efficient options.

    Since water heating is the second largest energy hog in your home, choosing the right one can mean tremendous savings for you. Make sure your builder has your budget in mind when he or she chooses the water heater for your new home.

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    Most homebuyers are under the false assumption that bigger is better when it comes to heating and cooling units. That could not be further from the truth. Installing a larger unit than is required will actually cost you more money, as the over-sized unit cools the home quickly and will shut down often, stopping and starting more times than a properly-sized unit would. An over-sized unit can also, in time, create moisture and mold issues in the ductwork and the home. Choosing the right-sized unit is actually at the heart of building a home that is both energy efficient and comfortable to live in.

    To calculate the right size unit for your home, many factors must be taken into account, including the size of the home, the geographical area, the ductwork system, and the ventilation system. More importantly, the installation must be done by a qualified technician—preferably one that is certified by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the largest contractor organization in the nation. A 16 SEER unit, for example, could be operating as a 10 SEER or lower if other factors are ignored in the installation.
    SEER and AFUE Ratings: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for air conditioners and the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating on furnaces indicate how well these units are performing. The higher the rating, the less wasted energy and the more cold or warm air.

    Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D Calculations: “Manual J” calculations on your house are used to figure out the cooling load, and “Manual S” calculations are used to select the optimal system. Manual D calculations take into account the duct design and airflow pressures from room to room throughout the home. These calculations take the guesswork out of choosing the right-sized unit for your specific home. Ask your builder if these were performed on your new home. With the BUILT TO SAVE™ and ENERGY STAR® programs, an independent home energy rater makes sure the calculations are in compliance, thereby insuring that the home has a properly-sized HVAC system.

    Variable Speed Blower Technology and Whole-House Ventilation: When purchasing a new air conditioner, look for one with variable speed blower technology, which uses the fan motor inside the air handler located inside the home to move cooled or heated air through the ductwork. Variable speed motors use less energy and allow you to control the comfort of your home from room to room. In addition to saving energy, these blowers also help remove moisture and circulate air slowly, which allows your home’s air filters to remove dust and other contaminants from your indoor air. While an over-sized air conditioning unit is bad, one with a variable speed blower will only run to the load that will keep it from cycling on and off.

    5) APPLIANCES
    The ENERGY STAR® label on an appliance means that the product has been tested and meets the criteria of performing 10 to 50 percent more efficiently than a similar product on the market. While ENERGY STAR® products are generally more expensive, their upfront costs are more than recovered over time by savings on utility bills. Visit the ENERGY STAR® website at energystar.gov to see a list of all qualified products. Gas appliances offer additional benefits of their own including the benefit of uninterrupted use even when the power goes out.

    Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 1.48.41 PM6) PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS
    Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically adjust the temperature in your home during the day. You can program the thermostat to keep your house warmer while your family is away and cooler when you are sleeping. There are even smart thermostats that work with smartphone apps to adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere. As of September 1, 2016, all new homes are required to have programmable thermostats in Texas. When used correctly, this can save up to $180 per year according to EnergyStar.gov.

    7) LIGHTING
    In general, 20 percent of your utility bill goes to lighting your home. Changing from old incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) or LED lights means using less energy to create light—not to mention that most incandescent light bulbs are no longer being manufactured. CFL bulbs use 75 percent less electricity, produce 90 percent less heat, and last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent. LEDs use 80 percent less energy than CFLs, last 10 times longer, and are cool to the touch. Minimum code in the State of Texas requires that 75% of the lights in new construction consist of energy efficient lighting.

    8) ROOFING
    Your roof keeps rain out, but you also want it to keep heat out and climate-controlled air in. Just as you insulate the walls in your house, you also want to make sure the roof is properly insulated. Radiant heat is what makes a car in the sun so hot inside. When an attic is not well insulated, radiant heat warms the attic, which in turn warms the air ducts traveling through the attic and the cool air within. A radiant barrier works by reducing radiant heat gain. To be effective, the radiant barrier must face the air space it is trying to cool. There are also solar reflecting shingles available in a variety of light colors and are engineered specifically to lower attic temperatures, for cooler interiors and lower utility bills.

    9) HERS Score / ERI
    Whether buying a new home or upgrading your current one, you want to know its Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score or Energy Rating Index (ERI). These scores are calculated using specialized equipment and software implemented by licensed third-party inspectors and are designed to predict the energy efficiency of a home. The lower the score, the greater the energy efficiency and savings. In Texas, homes built after September 1, 2016, must have an ERI of 65 or lower to comply with code. If you prefer a better built and more efficient home, the BUILT TO SAVE™ and the ENERGY STAR® programs are designed to build homes that are above code requirements.

    10) HOME CERTIFICATIONS
    If you are looking at buying a new home, understand that energy certifications such as ENERGY STAR® and BUILT TO SAVE™ indicate that a house is built to a higher standard of energy efficiency and quality. These certifications require third-party home energy inspectors to check and inspect the home during construction, and upon completion to guarantee the home’s certification. When you buy a BUILT TO SAVE™ and ENERGY STAR® certified home, you will have peace of mind knowing your home will be comfortable and save you money on utility bills and maintenance, with the added bonus of providing a higher resale value in the future.

2016 Leading Built To Save™ Energy Efficient Builders

This special feature on Built To Save™ builders spotlights a select group of builders leading the new home industry in high-performance energy efficient construction. While most builders are content with building homes to minimum code requirements, Built To Save™ builders understand that a home “built to code” is constructed with the most minimal standards needed to comply with the law. That is why Built To Save™ builders take pride in building homes that go above and beyond code requirements.

certificationsThese builders are investing more, not less, on a home to make it more comfortable, more durable, and with healthier indoor air quality, earning the Built To Save™ certification that means long-term savings on utilities, and a bright resale value in the future. Builders may say they build energy efficient homes, but only a Built To Save™ certified home offers a third-party guarantee that the home is among the most energy efficient on the market today.

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For more information about the Built To Save™ program and how to join, please call (956)778-3590

CALTIA CONSTRUCTION- Homes engineered for efficiency, durability & happy family memories.

Raul Perez blog 24v5bRaul Perez, founder of Caltia Construction, is a third generation entrepreneur and second generation builder with roots originating from an extensive family of builders. He grew up working in Mexico with his father and uncles who operated a large electrical supply and construction company dealing with many facets of commercial and residential construction.

After pursuing and achieving degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, Raul Perez set his sights on a career as a commercial and residential builder in the Rio Grande Valley, hoping to distinguish his company by building a better engineered home for buyers in the Valley. Caltia Construction was formed in 2006, and in a short period, Raul Perez has indeed distinguished himself and his company as a leader in construction. More specifically, Perez has achieved special recognition for his high-performance homes that consistently rank as some of the most energy efficient homes in the Valley today.

Building the best home he possibly can is evident in the awards Raul Perez has received. But the awards also speak volumes for his commitment to quality. In his words, “If my company has been recognized with awards for quality that is behind walls, and in other places that the homebuyer cannot see, you can image the kind of quality we build into something the homebuyer can see.”

That statement reflects Caltia Construction’s culture of doing things the right way—ethically building homes of value that will be enjoyed by families who will live and grow in them, and taking pride in the home he has built with the quality craftsmanship that will bear his Caltia Construction name forever.
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For the last two years, Caltia Construction has received back-to-back awards from AEP Texas for the “Highest kWh Savings for a Single Home” award by qualifying with the lowest HERS score of any other builder in the Valley. In June of this year, Caltia Construction received a “Best Home ($151k to $200k)” and “Best HERS Score” award from the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association for a 2016 Parade of Homes entry, scoring an amazing 50 as its HERS score. Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores are the best predictors of how energy efficient a home will be.

When asked what makes his homes so energy efficient, Raul Perez thought for a while, and then gave this answer: “Energy efficiency is the result of using methods and systems to insure that products, materials, and equipment are properly installed for maximum results. Generally speaking, components that go into building a new home are relatively the same and priced about the same.  The reason similar-looking homes perform differently is simply a question of the builder’s building-science knowledge and if proper installation requirements were met.  And the reason Caltia homes excel as high-performance homes is that our company personally supervises and oversees all phases of construction, without exception. Our goal is to make sure all the parts work together properly for an efficient whole-house energy system, because if only one part is not built right and stops supporting the other, the whole system falls apart.

CALTIA - 5012 W. Sycamore-18Raul Perez’s seemingly common-sense answer is actually at the core of what separates excellent builders from all the others and what determines the energy efficiency performance of a home.  As for Caltia Construction homebuyers, they can be guaranteed they are getting a great home literally—with a written guarantee from a RESNET certified home energy rater who tests the home and verifies that the strict and “above code” requirements for energy efficiency of the ENERGY STAR® and BUILT TO SAVE™ programs have been met.

As a buyer, you will know how your home will perform before you move in. There’s no doubt that Caltia Construction provides excellence in construction, and if you want proof of a matching excellence in customer service and satisfaction, just speak with any past customers. You’ll find all are satisfied homebuyers with happy home-building memories.


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To contact Caltia Construction, visit http://www.caltiaconstruction.com or call (956)997-7777 to schedule an appointment.