Thursday, October 3, 2013

Maryland Modular Home Builder Wins High Praise from RESNET

This designation is something every builder should strive for as it tells all potential new home buyers that your company is one of the best when it comes to energy efficiency. 

Finish Werks Custom Builders Designated as a RESNET Energy Smart Homes Builder for Committing to Build Energy Efficient Homes and Marketing Their Homes HERS Index Score

Savage, Maryland based home builder Finish Werks Custom Builders has entered into an agreement with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to provide new home buyers an important measurement of long-term energy performance of each new home the company builds.  The intent of the agreement is to raise consumers’ knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET’s HERS Index.  Use of the HERS Index will differentiate homes built by Finish Werks Custom Builders from other homes for sale in the Southern Maryland housing market.

Finish Werks Custom Builders is a custom green builder. The builder offers a unique service to families who purchase their homes, an exclusive energy guarantee.  For more information on the company visit their web site at

The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy performance and determine what improvements can be made to increase it. 

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Harris Woodward of Finish Werks Custom Builders, said RESNET’s HERS provides a quantitative measure of energy efficiency and permits comparisons between homes.   “It is expected that Finish Werks Custom Builders’ agreement with RESNET will serve as a model to other local and regional builders that would have positive outcomes for consumers and the new home industry,”

Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET lauded Finish Werks Custom Builders’ leadership for improving the energy performance of new homes.  “Today’s new homes are much more efficient in comparison to homes built just a decade ago.  These homes are more affordable to maintain, comfortable and have a higher value.  Thanks to leaders like Finish Werks Custom Builders, builders are increasing the energy performance of the homes they build.  This is good for consumers, the environment, the local economy and our national security.  It is great to have such a quality builder like Finish Werks Custom Builders educating homebuyers on the RESNET HERS Index.”

In making the commitment Finish Werks Custom Builders has been designated by RESNET as an RESNET Energy Smart Builder. RESNET Energy Smart Builders are leading the transformation of the housing towards high energy performance homes. These leading builders are committed to having all of their homes energy rated following RESNET’s stringent standards and marketing their homes HERS Index Score.


Anonymous said...

Ths is only natural for Harris. He has always been a leader in this industry. The industry can meet the criteria established by RESNET, but it takes the biulder to move it forward. Congrats to Harris on his committment.

Anonymous said...

well done gen. woodward!

Harris said...

Thanks, guys/gals. The first one is the hardest, then it's simply rinse/repeat. Only better. The outcome is a much better build: customer $ savings on utilities, no drafts/cold spots, sound and moisture abatement, and pure quality. The latter is really what it's all about... when you build "green" it doesn't just mean tree hugging and whale saving; it means a better built home.

When IRC 2012 rolls around to your neck of the woods, you will have to meet IECC 2012. Then every one of your homes will probably hit a very low HERS 65. That's a damned good build.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the modular industry MUST TAKE THE LEAD, and mandate (well, ok, make it voluntary, but with incentives) high performance build specs on every project. We've got the efficiencies in place - our factories can very easily implement the features required of a high performance build in-plant. This is a benefit that small stick builders simply cannot match.

The Mod industry frankly sucks at PR. Coach has been speaking this truth for years.

We have an opportunity to brand ourselves as the better builders with something that actually gets press attention: Green/High Performance Homes = Modular Construction.

Imagine if every Modular Home in America was certified Energy Star. Now imagine anyone today not buying an Energy Star fridge. It's that simple.