Work Completed by EnergyLogic in 2017

We want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for giving us the opportunity to serve your needs, whether it be through consulting, code and program compliance, HERS Index services, or quality assurance needs. We take pride in our partners and relationships, as we couldn’t be successful without each and every one of you to help achieve increasing the comfort, safety, durability, and quality of residential homes.

We are not only proud of our EnergyLogic ‘Logicians’ for the tremendous job they continue to do, but we are also proud to have worked with our industry partners through some challenges which affected many professionals across our industry in 2017. Those issues, such as Flak Jacket and labor shortage aside, we should be proud of what we’ve all been able to accomplish. EnergyLogic is thankful for every opportunity that our partners and their teams have provided by allowing us to strengthen our partnerships, and to tip our glasses toward welcoming another successful year in 2018.

As we’re working our way through the first quarter of 2018, it’s always good to take a few moments to reflect on our collective accomplishments from the year prior. 2017 was a busy year up and down the Front Range of Colorado. As shown in the graphic chart above, EnergyLogic has focused on performance for our partners by completing 4,000+ rough inspections and near 3,900 final inspections. As we reflect upon each of the metrics supported in this graph, we can’t help but get excited about what’s to come in 2018.

Like most of our partners, we continue to grow and innovate to better meet the challenges of our industry. Through the journey that has brought us here, and the journey ahead, we’d like to share a few highlights:

  • We’re beginning our 12th year at EnergyLogic. Much has changed in both our industry and our company, as we have learned that being flexible and adaptable to change is an important focus, and is what has helped to make us successful.
  • A lot of our time in 2017 was spent evaluating our systems and processes, refining our service offerings, and implementing efficiency improvements. This journey brought us to the launch of our new Vision and Mission:
    • Vision: A world in which every person lives in a home that promotes happiness and security.
    • Mission: To meet our partners where they are and engage them in the journey of building the best possible homes.
  • We continue to nurture our strong cultural foundation through the elements of our core values: A – All for one and one for all; B – Build a better mousetrap; C – Chase perfection; D – Do the right thing; and, E – Energy. Each of our core values individually, and collectively, support the passion of what we do, and help us to focus on ways we can work together to become better at what we do.
  • 2017 brought significant growth through our HVAC design service, specifically, our HVAC design, testing and inspection package. Many of our partners have discovered value in pairing these services together to verify and ensure that the system performs in the field, reducing potential warranty and comfort complaints. We also saw increased growth of our third-party quality assurance services. We are actively expanding this offering in 2018.

As we take each new step throughout 2018, we carry forward our insights from 2017 which will help us to better serve our partners and to realize our newly launched vision and mission.  Thank you for your continued confidence in EnergyLogic.

Please reach out to me, or to any Logician if you have thoughts on how we can improve.

Happy 2018!

– Robby Schwarz and the EnergyLogic Team

If you have any questions, please email Robby Schwarz or Rusty Buick

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Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

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2017 Builder Tax Credit Update

2017 Builder Tax Credit Update

EnergyLogic was informed on February 12, 2018, that Congress retroactively reinstated the 45L Builder Tax Credit for 2017.

By April 1, 2018, EnergyLogic will be sending builders an annual report for all 2017 rated homes. Passing tax credit will be indicated on this report. Once you receive the report mentioned above, you will easily be able to access final report packets. Tax credit documentation is contained within every final report packet, regardless of a pass or fail status.

Easy Access to Retrieve Tax Credit Documents

By using your builder login to EnergyLogic’s DASH database, you can easily access these documents within the final report packet.

Link to document on how to search and locate tax credit documents packets in DASH

Contact Tracy Larson at if you need directions, username, and password for the DASH builder login.  Tracy will be sending a report by April 1, 2018, that lists all homes that qualified for the tax credit. This will make your search easier by shortening the list of packets you need to locate.

At this time, the 45L Builder Tax Credit has not been approved for 2018.

How the Tax Credit works:

 Many may not remember how the tax credit qualification is actually quantified. Your house is imputed into the modeling software tool. Within that software (REM/Rate) the house is duplicated, thus creating two houses that are geometric twins; House A and House B.  House A is assigned the energy specifications that are outlined in the 2006 IECC, and House B is assigned the energy specifications you, the builder, actually used. The tax credit is issued for House B when it is 50% more efficient in heating and cooling energy use than House A, built to the 2006 IECC.  For the modeled “House,” the software determines what the 50% target is, and if the as-built house (House B) is performing equal to or better than the 50% targeted energy use.

The tax credit adds one further complication: in that it has created a two-part test to demonstrate 50% compliance.  The home’s heating and cooling energy use must be 50% more efficient than the 2006 IECC, as measured by normalized end-use loads and the building envelope component loads. The building envelope component loads alone must account for at least 10% of those savings. If both of these tests pass, the house qualifies for the tax credit.  According to the software compliance reports, a majority of homes pass the envelope loads test but do not always pass the normalized end-use loads test. Normalized end-use loads account for the differences in equipment types that exist when using gas or electric utilities.  This is a bit of a ‘black box’ calculation; this portion of the compliance matrix has to be addressed by a specification change in order to capture more rebates.

Only homes that are tested and inspected can qualify for the tax credit.  While we can do some analysis to help increase the percentage of the homes that will qualify, it is unlikely that 100% of your homes will qualify.  This is because the analysis utilizes a whole-house evaluation and some of the parameters are not in the builder’s control, such as house orientation.

In order to claim the tax credit, you will need the tax credit certificate from us and IRS Form 8908.


If you have any questions, please email Robby Schwarz. 

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Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

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2018 Utility Builder Incentive Programs

2018 Builder Utility Programs

On the front range of Colorado there are three utility builder incentive programs that have been renewed, and in some cases revised, for 2018.

Let’s get acquainted (or reacquainted) with Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, and Colorado Springs Utility (CSU) builder incentive programs.  These programs offer incentive payments directly to builders, and in some cases are offsetting the additional cost of implementation of the program by providing companies, such as EnergyLogic, with an administrative payment.

Xcel Energy’s ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program

The Xcel Energy New Homes Program is not really an ENERGY STAR® program, which means that you do not have to build an ENERGY STAR home to qualify for an incentive payment.  The program will not be changing for 2018, although you do not have to certify and label your homes as ENERGY STAR, you do, need to use and adhere to the ENERGY STAR Thermal Enclosure Checklist. In addition to the mandatory checklist requirement, this program offers a tiered rebate incentive payment to builders who build a specific percentage above the code of the jurisdiction in which they are building.  Therefore, a builder may receive a higher incentive payment in a jurisdiction that is on the 2015 IECC than a builder that is building in a jurisdiction that is on the 2009 IECC.  See the reference chart below.

Xcel also offers an incentive payment for ENERGY STAR appliances and if the home is labeled with the ENERGY STAR certification. See the reference chart below.

To learn more about the Xcel incentive program, please click here.

You may also learn more about eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Black Hills Energy New Construction Program

Black Hills Energy is offering a revamped New Construction Incentive Program for 2018.  They are sticking with their basic structure of offering a prescriptive path and a performance path for the program, but there are some significant changes to the prescriptive path which EnergyLogic feels will encourage additional participation.

To qualify for an incentive payment using the prescriptive path a builder must choose from a list of prequalified measures.  The total incentive depends on the measures selected.  New in 2018, a builder can receive an incentive payment for just one item on the list or for multiple items. Basically, the prescriptive program includes a limited a la carte list of items and incentive items that a builder can use to pick and choose to create their own incentive package.  For example, if a builder is installing R-19 batts at the rim joist, they can receive an incentive payment of $0.10 per sq. ft. of the insulated area up to $50.  This may be the only incentive payment the builder chooses, or it can be bundled with other options such as tight and tested ductwork or windows with a U-value of .30 or lower.

Black Hills Energy requires that a HERS rating is performed on the house to document and report on the measures that are implemented on the home. They also offer an administrative payment to companies like EnergyLogic for the time it takes to gather and report information to Black Hills Energy.

Black Hills Energy Performance path is structured similarly to Xcel Energy’s New Homes Program. “The Performance Path allows builders full flexibility to determine the natural gas savings measure they would like to install. The only requirement of the Performance Path is that builders are able to verify that the home has natural gas savings 10% above the local code as verified by a HERS rating. The total incentive in the Performance Path is $900 per qualifying home.”

Black Hills Energy Construction Program information can be found by clicking here.

Colorado Springs Builder Incentive Program

Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) revamped their builder incentive program in 2017 and have made some additional changes for 2018, making it the simplest and most straight-forward program available on the front range.  CSU decided in 2017 to move away from an ENERGY STAR based program to a HERS Index-based program.  In 2018, the program will begin by offering a $350 incentive payment for any home that achieves a HERS Index of 70.  The incentive also offers an additional $25 per HERS Index point, up to a maximum of $2,100.  For example, a builder could receive $2,100 for building a HERS Zero (a zero on the HERS Index scale – 2,100-350 =1750)/25=70). The lower the HERS Index, the more efficient the home with a HERS zero, which means that annually, the home produces as much energy as it uses.

Incentives for Colorado Springs Builders do not stop there.  An additional $350 is available for builders who certify and label their homes as ENERGY STAR. Therefore, the total possible incentive payment would be $2450. That is an incentive to inspire builders to make a change!

Each of the incentive Programs requires that documentation be submitted to the program in order to receive the incentive payment. Xcel and Black Hills Energy offer an administrative fee of $75  or ( or $100 to companies like EnergyLogic) to gather information, report, and submit on behalf of the builder for the incentive. Black Hills Energy and Colorado Springs Utility require an annual application which must be completed and returned directly from the builder.  Once the application submittal is complete, EnergyLogic will ensure that the builder receives the eligible rebate for each specific home based on the incentive program the builder has chosen.

Colorado Springs Utility Builder Incentive Program documents can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please email Robby Schwarz or Rusty Buick

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Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

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Xcel Energy’s 2017 New Homes Program Milestones

EnergyLogic Xcel New Homes Program 2017

We just can’t help but be excited to share several milestones of Xcel Energy’s  2017 New Homes Program!

Each achievement below has helped to create energy-efficient homes that result in increased comfort, safety, durability, and lower operating costs for Colorado homeowners.

In 2017, EnergyLogic submitted 2,153 total homes on behalf of our builders to receive rebates through the Xcel Energy New Homes Program.

2017 Program Summary

  • 63 participating builders
  • 4,754 completed homes
  • 46.8 average HERS Index score
  • 107,346 net Dekatherms (dTh) saved (115% of program target)
  • 4,828,357 net Kilowatt (kWh)-hours saved (147% of program target)
  • $2,680,585 in rebates earned by builders
  • 1,998 homes eligible for the $100 ENERGY STAR® certified bonus rebate
  • Total Program Participation: 4,753
  • GAS dTh Savings: 107,258 (rebates issued: $1,617,228)
  • Electric kWh Savings: 4,824,400 (rebates issued: $706,818)

2017 Program Awards 

Latsis Custom Homes received the 2017 Program Award for the lowest HERS 06/09 IECC, achieving a HERS 38. This home was rated by EnergyLogic Logician Aaryn Jackson.

Thrive Home Builders received the 2017 Program Award for the highest percentage better than code 12/15 IECC, achieved by 36.9%. This home was rated by EnergyLogic Logician Tom Flanagan.

Thrive Home Builders received the 2017 Feature Program Builder of the year.

To learn more about the Xcel Energy rebate structure for the 2018 program, click here.


 Who to Contact:
Tracy Larson
Logistics/Customer Support Supervisor

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