Indoor airPLUS Program
Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards
Corporate Builder Winner
KB Home, Los Angeles, CA
|KB Home KB Home is dedicated to expanding improved indoor air quality in many of the markets they serve. KB Home has capitalized on interactive web tools with their eDifference campaign to highlight indoor air quality, while making use of Indoor airPLUS logos and messaging in numerous marketing resources and collateral. KB Home has also integrated Indoor airPLUS messaging into their internal sales training courses with multiple divisions. KB Home is not only a Sustained Excellence winner for ENERGY STAR's Partner of the Year, but they are also the first national corporate builder to win EPA's Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.||
Medium/Large Builder Winners
Fulton Homes, Tempe, AZ
|Fulton Homes Fulton Homes has taken advantage of Indoor airPLUS marketing material and messaging, placing Indoor airPLUS logos in their sales offices and using the Indoor airPLUS co-brandable consumer brochure to point out specific features for clients. This progressive Arizona builder has recently committed to building 100% of their homes to Indoor airPLUS and understands the importance of walking their consumers through the building process. Fulton Homes has shown that they are an Indoor airPLUS Leader in a strong ENERGY STAR market.||
Mandalay Communities, Phoenix, AZ
|Mandalay Communities Mandalay Communities, Inc. is an active and 100% committed Indoor airPLUS homebuilder. Building to many green and high performance home program specifications, including DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home Program, they showcase their commitment to improved indoor air quality by using Indoor airPLUS as a foundation for their standard building practices. Mandalay Communities, Inc. uses Indoor airPLUS regularly trains their sales staff and Customer Care team to communicate the benefits of improved indoor air quality through Indoor airPLUS. They are the first builder to receive both the DOE's Housing Innovation Award and the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.||
Schell Brothers, Rehoboth Beach, DE
|Schell Brothers Schell Brothers reported the largest number of Indoor airPLUS qualified homes in 2014, showing a clear commitment to the Indoor airPLUS Program and to improving indoor air quality for consumers. Their extensive and aesthetically pleasing marketing resources prominently display the Indoor airPLUS logo and messaging. Utilizing advanced MERV 14 filtration with their HVAC systems, Schell Brothers is committed to offering homes with improved indoor air quality. They are also building a number of homes to the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard, showcasing the opportunity for builders to move toward green building practices with multiple nationally-recognized labels.||
Small Builder Winners
C&B Construction, Cottonwood, AZ
|C&B Construction Having labeled 100% of their ENERGY STAR homes as Indoor airPLUS in 2014, C&B Construction is the first builder to win the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award two years in a row. They regularly communicate the benefits of Indoor airPLUS qualified homes to potential buyers and have spoken to community groups and at Realtor trainings about high performance building with Indoor airPLUS. C&B also regularly uses the Indoor airPLUS logo in their marketing collateral, displaying it on billboards, flyers, and in their model homes, as well as advertising their partnership in radio ads.||
Charles Thomas Homes, Elkhorn, NE
|Charles Thomas Homes Charles Thomas Homes is a committed Indoor airPLUS partner, actively marketing the program to homebuyers. Their extensive suite of marketing including yard signs, weekly newspaper ads, and the artwork on their company truck prominently displays the Indoor airPLUS logo and their commitment to building healthier homes. Their website also includes excellent video testimonials from homebuyers who, having children with asthma, have placed a high priority on indoor air quality. Charles Thomas Homes showcases Indoor airPLUS in their model home and uses the opportunity to show consumers behind-the-wall features and benefits because, as their motto states, "what you can't see matters."||
Habitat for Humanity–St. Louis
|Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis This affordable builder in Saint Louis, MO is a champion of Indoor airPLUS in their market, and 100% of their homes in 2014 were Indoor airPLUS qualified. Habitat for Humanity-Saint Louis regularly provides training to the volunteers and organizations that work on their homes, highlighting the benefits of improved indoor air quality associated with Indoor airPLUS. They also have presented at conferences and participated in webinars to showcase their participation in the Indoor airPLUS Program and to share best practices with other builders.||
Kettler Forlines, Montgomery Village, MD
|Kettler Forlines Kettler Forlines has been an Indoor airPLUS program champion for a number of years. Their extensive marketing material prominently displays the Indoor airPLUS logo, including road-front signage at their model home. They have also utilized the Indoor airPLUS co-brandable brochure for consumer collateral. Kettler Forlines understands the importance of how to message improved indoor air quality to their consumers and use the Indoor airPLUS checklist to walk consumers through benefits not easily visible in the home.||
ASERusa, St. Louis, MOASERusa has been an Indoor airPLUS champion and a recurring Leader Award winner due to their ongoing education efforts and program participation. ASERusa strives to market the Indoor airPLUS label to architects whenever possible. They also do a great job educating their builder clients and promoting Indoor airPLUS as a valuable option to sell an indoor air quality label alongside other national green building programs. ASERusa has also coordinated well with affordable builders such as Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis to help make them one of the premier affordable builders among Habitat affiliates nationwide.
E3 Energy, LLC, Flagstaff, AZE3 Energy is a recurring Leader Award winner due to their continued strong participation and promotion of Indoor airPLUS. E3 Energy is passionate about educating their clients about the benefits of healthier indoor environments. They provide videos and various other resources for homeowners and sales agents to convey the benefits of building and purchasing an Indoor airPLUS qualified home. They continue to show a strong commitment to making Indoor airPLUS standard practice in their market.
Energy Inspectors, Las Vegas, NVEnergy Inspectors has demonstrated that they are a champion of Indoor airPLUS in the markets they serve. Energy Inspectors feels strongly that the importance of indoor air quality is gaining more attention in the market and seeks to help builders leverage the Indoor airPLUS brand. Their team regularly holds training sessions for builder partners to explore the specifications and benefits associated with Indoor airPLUS and to help builders gain new value propositions.
Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Norwalk, CTWith offices in New York, Washington, DC and Connecticut, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) has been a long-time dedicated Indoor airPLUS partner and is a recurring Leader Award winner. They have shown a commitment to showcasing the benefits of Indoor airPLUS by helping their builders translate the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications into consumer benefits. Steven Winter Associates showcases their participation in the Indoor airPLUS Program through various press releases, program summaries, and conference presentations, increasing the visibility of the label for consumers and builders alike.
2014 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating the following builders, recognized by EPA as leaders in building homes that offer their occupants higher quality indoor air.
Foxwood Builders, Inc.
Palo Duro Homes, Inc.
Please join us in congratulating the following Verification Organizations, recognized by EPA as leaders in the promotion, testing, and verification of homes that offer their occupants higher quality indoor air.
Integral Building & Design, Inc.
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Congratulations to the 2013 Indoor airPLUS Leaders
Please join us in congratulating the 2013 Indoor airPLUS Leaders — all of which are among the Rater partners that verified and reported the most Indoor airPLUS certified homes in 2012.
- ASERusa, St. Louis, MO (a four time winner!)
- E3 Energy, Flagstaff, AZ (a four time winner!)
- Steven Winter Associates, Inc., offices in NY, DC and CT (a two time winner!)
ASERusa, St. Louis, MO
ASERusa is located in St. Louis, Missouri and currently incorporates the Indoor airPLUS program into all of their presentations and job bids, as well as their ASERusa brochure, website, and job orders. ASERusa specializes in the support of national building programs. Their team has been successful with Indoor airPLUS due to their willingness to educate builders and consumers on the additional comfort that Indoor airPLUS delivers. ASERusa frames Indoor airPLUS as an easy step up from ENERGY STAR that delivers significant benefits to the consumer in improved indoor air quality. ASERusa makes pricing and cost analysis a priority when discussing the program with builders. When a builder knows what costs to expect, they are better able to make informed decisions and build Indoor airPLUS with confidence.
E3 Energy, LLC, Flagstaff, AZ
E3 Energy, an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2005, has significant experience helping builders construct modern, tight homes. As a dedicated Indoor airPLUS Partner and recurring award winner, they are able to sell Indoor airPLUS as an ideal way to build additional security in those tight homes. By controlling fresh air and minimizing pollutants in the home, E3 Energy and their builder partners can promote their Indoor airPLUS labeled homes as higher-performing, more durable, and healthier for the occupants.
Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Norwalk, CT
With offices in New York, Washington, DC and Connecticut, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides not only third-party verification, but also consulting and advisory services for Indoor airPLUS builders. Their success with Indoor airPLUS stems from their work with builders in leveraging a preliminary design review before construction. SWA introduces Indoor airPLUS early in their process by incorporating the program in project kickoff meetings and educating their clients about the key features and benefits that the program provides: increased indoor air quality and increased durability.
Congratulations to the 2012 Indoor airPLUS Leaders
Please join us in congratulating the 2012 Indoor airPLUS Leaders — all of which are among the Rater partners that verified and reported the most Indoor airPLUS certified homes in 2011.
- ASERusa, St. Louis, MO (a three time winner!)
- E3 Energy, Flagstaff, AZ (a three time winner!)
- Steven Winter Associates, Inc. , offices in NY, DC and CT
- TexEnergy Solutions, Irving, TX (a two time winner!)
ASERusa is located in St. Louis, Missouri and currently incorporates the Indoor airPLUS program into all of their presentations and job bids, as well as their ASERusa brochure, website, and job orders. ASERusa is committed to promoting Indoor airPLUS because the program helps to grow business by offering additional quality measures to new homes and it delivers the performance verification clients are looking for. In ASERusa's experience, builders like the additional features that Indoor airPLUS offers beyond ENERGY STAR Home Program and like to use the program as their path to Section-EQ of LEED for Homes Program.
Indoor airPLUS has helped to position E3 Energy as an indoor air quality and energy efficiency leader in the southwest home building industry. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, E3 Energy prides themselves on successfully applying the principles and specifications of the Indoor airPLUS program to new construction and, as much as possible, to existing homes. E3 Energy offers the program to every new contractor they work with and presents the program as the missing link between energy efficiency and healthy homes. In their experience, builders appreciate the ability to provide healthier homes to their clients with Indoor airPLUS, and train their sales associates to help promote the program.
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
With offices in New York, Washington, DC and Connecticut, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public sector clients. They use Indoor airPLUS to help educate building and design professionals about improving durability and indoor air quality in new homes. SWA engineers have found that it is easy to convey the importance of the specifications to the builders they work with by leveraging the design review process as an opportunity to explain the program and encourage builders to add Indoor airPLUS to their best practices. In SWA's experience, builders appreciate the simplicity of the checklist and construction specifications, and like the added confidence that callbacks will be reduced by adding the Indoor airPLUS label.
TexEnergy Solutions is based in Irving, Texas. They believe that Indoor airPLUS has helped grow their business because the program has a basic practicality that is easily translated to builders and homeowners. In fact, they find that simply explaining the money-saving benefits of the program's features to builders and customers is the easiest way to communicate its value and sell the program. TexEnergy Solutions strongly encourages combining Indoor airPLUS with other certification programs and sees Indoor airPLUS as an additional opportunity that will help to improve their homebuilder client's business prospects in the future. In their experience, builders like the easy to understand features and benefits of Indoor airPLUS, and the clear cost/benefits of the program for buyers. In a world of increasing concern about the quality of air we breathe, they consider Indoor airPLUS a superior offering.
Congratulations to the 2011 Indoor airPLUS Leaders
- ASERusa, St. Louis, MO (a two-time winner!)
- E3 Energy, LLC, Flagstaff, AZ (a two-time winner!)
- Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance, Manhattan, KS (a two-time winner!)
- EnergySmart.us.com, Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, TX
- Lightly Treading, Inc., Denver, CO (a two-time winner!)
- Energy Inspectors, Las Vegas, NV
- TexEnergy Solutions, Irving, TX
- Building Energy, Inc., Meridian, ID
Energy Inspectors is a residential energy efficiency consulting, home energy rating and residential construction quality assurance company with offices in Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah. Energy Inspectors rates homes in 18 states and currently works with over 320 custom home builders, certifying homes throughout the West. For more information, visit www.energyinspectors.com .
Building Energy, Inc., based in Idaho, has over 32 years of experience as a full service energy conservation company. Building Energy specializes in auditing and retro-fitting commercial, industrial and residential buildings. For more information, visit www.buildingenergy.us .
energysmart.us.com is an energy focused technical organization based in Arlington, Texas. The company offers its customers a variety of services from thermal imaging for efficiency assessment and predictive maintenance to residential energy auditing and commercial benchmarking. For more information, visit http://energysmart.us.com .
TexEnergy Solutions was founded in 2002 and specializes in whole house building science, energy, environmental, comfort and indoor air quality issues. TexEnergy is a HERS Rater and Provider, and services the North Texas area. For more information, visit www.texenergy.org .
E3 Energy was created in 2002 in response to an increasing demand for effective building science tools and green construction practices. E3 Energy is committed to working with and educating private home-owners about lifestyles and building practices that improve the health and energy efficiency of their homes. E3 Energy services the Flagstaff area of Arizona. For more information, visit http://e3energyllc.com/ .
Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance (EERA) is a HERS Provider organization based in Manhattan, Kansas, but operates in 26 states across the country. EERA offers a full range of home diagnostic services to its clients and provides raters professional development and continuous training options. For more information, visit www.kansasbuildingscience.com .
ASERusa is based in St. Louis, Missouri and specializes in building science and technology design, field verification and program rating services for National Building Performance Programs. More specifically, ASERusa offers Indoor Air Quality Design and verification and rating services to clients throughout the country. For more information, visit www.aserusa.com .
Lightly Treading is based in Denver, Colorado, and educates homeowners, builders, building science professionals and community members about energy efficiency and improved comfort in new and existing homes and small commercial buildings. Lightly Treading offers energy audits, HERS ratings, energy efficiency workshops, training certifications and system specific diagnostic testing. For more information, visit www.lightlytreading.com .
Congratulations to the 2010 Indoor airPLUS HERS Leaders
- Architectural Energy Corporation , Boulder, CO
- ASERusa , St. Louis, MO
- Davis Energy Group , Davis, CA
- E3 Energy, LLC , Flagstaff, AZ
- Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance , Manhattan, KS
- Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems, Inc. (GWS) , Oklahoma City, OK
- Lightly Treading, Inc. , Denver, CO
EPA had its first Indoor airPLUS recognition ceremony at RESNET's 2010 Building Performance Conference held Feb. 22-24, in Raleigh, N.C. The Indoor airPLUS program recognized seven verifier partners for outstanding leadership in verifying and promoting Indoor airPLUS certified homes. Out of 148 Indoor airPLUS verifier partners, these seven organizations led the way in certifying the most Indoor airPLUS homes. Their efforts are helping to create healthier and greener homes, advanced indoor air quality in residential construction, and provide the many benefits that Indoor airPLUS qualified homes offer to homeowners and families. Check out the award ceremony video here.
"The third party verification of the Indoor airPLUS label is huge, and that third party validation helps generate revenue for the raters. It also provides the builder with someone to take a look at each of those components making sure that those elements of Indoor airPLUS have been third party verified. If they are not involved with the program then they are missing an opportunity. Missing that opportunity means that you are not able to provide more services, so you've lost revenue." Kelly Parker, GWS Oklahoma.