SENCON offers a full-range of sustainable development services to building professionals involved in both new construction and remodeling, as well as for multi-unit property managers seeking to reduce operating costs, lower energy use and attract more tenants. From site development and sustainable design consulting to third-party verification services, training and energy audits, SENCON has the expertise and manpower to help you make your office, apartments or home highly efficient, highly valued buildings.
We offer Hampton Roads only one-stop-shop for helping your homes, offices or multi-family units achieve any of the top sustainable certifications available. We offer complete guidance and services in Energy Star, EarthCraft, LEED and NAHB.
Call SENCON at (757) 498-0100 or click on the links below to learn more about how we can help your business grow by “achieving green today.”
SENCON provides a certification process for single-family and multi-family home projects. It serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduces utility bills and protects the environment. An EarthCraft certified house is your assurance of a quality home. EarthCraft is a voluntary green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduces utility bills and protects the environment.
ENERGY STAR is one of the most popular and recognizable government programs designed to improve a home’s overall energy efficiency and provide reliable performance for homeowners.
To earn an Energy Star designation, a home or a multi-family building must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20% to 30% more efficient than standard homes.
LEED For Homes (LEED-H)
ServicesLEED is a national third-party certification system that recognizes leadership in green building. It was developed by a consensus process of volunteer members of the U.S. Green Building Council, who contributed their expertise to its technical development. LEED was first introduced in March 2000 for new commercial construction, and has since grown to include other certifications including LEED-H.
LEED-H, also known as LEED for Homes was launched in February 2008 and measures green homebuilding performance based on eight categories: site selection, water efficiency, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location and linkages, awareness and education and innovation.
National Green Building Standard
There are four levels available for our National Green Building Standard Certification – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald. Each green level and certification addresses key green construction areas including – Lot and Site Development, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality and Homeowner Education.
Tax Credits for Home Builders
Home builders are eligible for a $2,000 tax credit for constructing a new energy efficient home that achieves 50% energy savings for heating and cooling over the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and supplements. At least 1/5 of the energy savings must come from building envelope improvements. This credit also applies to contractors of manufactured homes conforming to Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.
There is also a $1,000 tax credit available to the producer of a new manufactured home achieving 30% energy savings for heating and cooling over the 2004 IECC and supplements (at least 1/3 of the savings must come from building envelope improvements) or a manufactured home meeting the requirements established by EPA under the Energy Star program.