- As a builder, you will need to sign an EarthCents agreement with Alabama Power
- If you are not working with a RESNET HERS rater like us, you will need to choose one
- After signing an agreement we get together with you &/or architect / designer to review the plans and consult on the best options to meet or exceed EarthCents qualifications & Alabamas Energy & Residential Code (AERC) (At this time we complete a preliminry rating to ensure you will qualify)
- At this time, you start building the house – if your crews or trusted trade partners might need some additional training or consulting we can handle that also on site or in a class-room enviroment.
- After everything is roughed in & the insulation is installed we needto complete a pre-drywall inspection where we make sure the air-sealing and insulation work was done properly
- After the house is completed we do one final inspection which includes a blower door & duct leakage test, finalizing the rating.
- We submit the home’s energy performance data to Alabama Power who then processes your incentive(s)
- You are then provided with the energy modeling data, the HERS score and the official EarthCents certificate to market & sell the house
In order to qualify for the program, the house must be built in an area served by Alabama Power. The home’s dominant heating (Heat Pump) and water heating systems must be electric. The house must be rated and either score a ≤78 or show that is at least 15 percent more energy efficient than the exact same house being built to the AERC.
- Additional Builder Incentives
- Alabama Power Marketing Literature
- Customers looking for energy efficient homes, will be directed by Alabama Power to you
- You will have third party certified results that you can also market
- If you choose to work with us, you have a builder with over 20 years of experience knowing what works, what doesn’t, how to get more with less, and how to get it done quickly while still being correct.
- You and your trade partners will be ahead of other contractors when the AERC goes into full effect which includes the mandatory duct & air-leakage tests.