How can you help NGBS Green?

EnergyLogic is a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green advocate. We believe it is affordable and among the most rigorous green building rating systems available, and we believe that developers should have a choice of green certification programs.

The City of Denver is currently collecting comments on their Green Roofs Building Policy Proposal. In short, they have proposed that as an alternative to the mandate for a green roof, new and existing buildings are allowed to install a cool roof and elect for LEED Gold or Enterprise Green Communities certification.

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is leading a formal stakeholder engagement and public input process to review and possibly modify Denver’s Green Roof Ordinance. Based on the ICC/ASHRAE – 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), EnergyLogic has respectfully requested that NGBS Green Certification be recognized as a named alternative to LEED Gold or Enterprise Green Communities as one of the allowable green certification compliance options for new or existing building to comply with the Denver Green Roof requirements.

Will you join us in supporting NGBS?

Please consider sending comments requesting that NGBS Green is included as a certification option for their policy.

Click here for a sample letter on Denver Green Roof Proposed Policy that you are free to use or edit to help make your submission easier.

Comments are due by noon on June 3rd and can be sent to Katrina Managan via email:

Click here to email Katrina Managan


EnergyLogic would like to thank you so much for your consideration to join forces and support NGBS!


If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Foster:

Michelle Foster | Vice President, Innovation Services

400 Prince George’s Blvd. | Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

P: 301.430.6205 | C: 240.997.8027 | Follow us on Twitter @HomeResearchLab @NGBSGreen

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Join TeamDURA to Rebuild this Zero-Energy DURA Home

Get Ready for an Exciting Summer with Berthoud Habitat for Humanity!

This is a unique opportunity for you to partner with Berthoud Habitat for Humanity in supporting a special home built by students at the New York City College of Technology (NYCCT).

Every 2 years the U.S. Department of Energy puts on a “Solar Decathlon” to challenge collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and eye-catching. Teams work on creating the best blends of affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

For the 2015 Solar Decathlon, NYCCT put together a team of 60+ students to design and construct a resilient, energy-efficient home that could adapt to the needs of a diverse urban community. Thus, TeamDURA was created:  Diverse, Urban, Resilient, and Adaptable.

Check out the videos below to learn about the team’s 2015 Solar Decathlon journey:

Video: NYC Tech Presentation – Solar Decathlon 2015

Video: NY City Tech Team Interview – Solar Decathlon 2015

In 2017, Berthoud Habitat for Humanity became aware of the availability of this home and negotiated with the college to purchase and move the DURA house – in 6 pieces – to Berthoud, CO. From June 11 – 27, 2018, approximately 20 to 25 students and professors from NYCCT will be staying in Berthoud to reassemble this state-of-the-art house – the first of its kind for Habitat affiliates in Northern Colorado.

The Zero-Energy DURA Home Construction

Image credit: Ngawang
Image credit: Ngawang
Image credit: Ngawang

Explore the DURA Home Interior

DURA Home Floorplan
Dining Room – Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar
Dining Room Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar
Living Room – Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar
Kitchen and Dining Room – Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar
Adaptable Room – Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar
Master Bedroom – Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar
Bathroom – Image credit: Prof. A. Aptekar

Join the Summer Class – Opportunity Details Below!

Click here for a detailed overview of the Zero-Energy DURA Home Opportunity

We encourage you to help make history and showcase this energy-efficient home. Come change the look of affordable housing.  Join EnergyLogic as a supporter of the DURA House project and team up with Berthoud Habitat!

Zero-Energy DURA Home Contacts:

Stefanie Allison  | Associate Director of Development

Berthoud Habitat for Humanity

Email Allison

Phone: (970) 308 8772

Michael T. Cooke PE  | Construction Superintendent

Berthoud Habitat for Humanity

Email Michael

Phone: (970) 310-9332

Professor Alexander Aptekar

Email Professor Aptekar

Learn more about TeamDURA  – Diverse | Urban | Resilient | Adaptable



2018 Top Workplace Award

EnergyLogic has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Denver Post! The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner, Energage, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Being named a Top Workplace is a big deal – only 150 companies make the list. We have some special judges to thank…hmm, hmm – our very own EnergyLogic Logicians!

“It’s one thing for owners to think that our company is a good place to work, and a whole other level of awesome to know that the people who work here think so, too!” said Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

Click on the logo below to view our Top Workplaces Profile!






2018 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence/Partner of the Year

This is our 7th time being named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner!

As we meet our clients where they are and engage them in the journey of building better homes, this type of recognition continues to energize our focus and the work that we do every day. It also confirms that our work makes a difference in our industry, in the environment, and in the lives of all the people who will live in every house we’ve touched for many years.

Here are just a few of the accomplishments that helped get us across the finish line for 2018’s award:

  • We verified 1,785 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2017 for a cumulative total of 32,496 homes verified since 2006.
  • We inspected more than 5,927 homes in 2017 for code or program compliance, quality assurance, and builder risk with 30.11% of total inspection work completed for ENERGY STAR requirements.
  • EnergyLogic works with 90 rater partners who have verified 474 of EnergyLogic’s 1,785 ENERGY STAR Certified homes in 2017.
  • We trained and informed national production builders and several regional builders in 2017 on ENERGY STAR’s requirements and sales strategies.
  • We influenced developments to implement ENERGY STAR community-wide standards as an active partner through vetting, development and on-going dialogue to help grow the ENERGY STAR for Homes program.
  • We presented on behalf of the EPA at national meetings.
  • We partnered with ENERGY STAR through the creation process of ENERGY STAR’s Data Collection App.
  • In 2017, EnergyLogic has integrated QA GenieLite software into our internal and external quality assurance program to ensure the quality and consistency of the RESNET® HERS Index verification which is critical to the certification of ENERGY STAR Homes program.

EnergyLogic, Thrive Home Builders and USGBC Strengthen Their Synergy by Completing the First Two LEED v4 Certified Single-Family Model Homes in Westminster, Colorado

Through the new Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Alternative Compliance Pathway (DOE ZERH ACP), two of Thrive Home Builders Hyland Village model homes achieved LEED Silver certification, raising the bar and bringing something new to a compact, mixed-use development community.

Many builders have completed LEED certifications, but this newest alternative pathway enables production builders to use the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS programs, as well as the DOE ZERH program as tools to achieve LEED certification.

As the largest Zero Energy Ready home builder in Colorado, Thrive Home Builders has achieved well-deserved recognition for focusing on areas beyond traditional energy efficiency such as materials and resources, location and transportation, and occupant health and comfort. LEED v4 is a tool that allows Thrive Home Builders to bring its various programs together into one holistic certification that will easily be recognized by consumers, as well as easily identified homes in the Hyland Village community recognized for building above and beyond standard code requirements.

“LEED has made significant inroads in the commercial sector, but has yet to catch up in the single-family home world,” said EnergyLogic’s Principal and Director of Builder Relations, Robby Schwarz. “LEED’s commitment to create a program that is not only meaningful but also is workable in the production home building environment should be applauded. EnergyLogic is pleased to contribute to the development of this new avenue for homes to be certified under the LEED for Homes program.”

“Thrive has been the perfect partner to work with, as their commitment to sustainable construction for their buyers aligns perfectly with what EnergyLogic and the LEED for Homes program are trying to achieve,” said EnergyLogic’s Schwarz.

Thrive Home Builders CEO Gene Meyers relates that Thrive has been excited about the possibility of building LEED-certified homes for a long time. “With this new certification path, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has paved the way for large-scale adoption of the LEED program in residential home construction, and we intend to lead the way in that adoption.”

USGBC is committed to transforming the way buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. Every day USGBC is helping to advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play. Through its community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications, and LEED professional credentials, USGBC remains a key driving force in the green building sector.

“The USGBC has achieved a remarkably high level of public awareness for the LEED program due to the inroads they’ve made in large-scale commercial construction projects. With this new certification path, there’s now a practical way for production homebuilders like ourselves to certify significant numbers of homes in the program,” said Thrive’s Myers.

“The residential sector is responsible for 21 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making it a real contributor to climate change,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. “LEED-certified homes like Thrive’s Hyland Village model homes are a measurable and impactful way individuals can make a difference for the environment, and this project serves as an example to the community of the benefits of doing good by living well.”

About EnergyLogic

Berthoud, Colorado-based EnergyLogic is a software and building consulting company that provides expert resources, education, and support to new home builders and energy raters involved in the construction of high‐performance homes. EnergyLogic serves as a resource to other organizations that are influential in creating energy-efficient housing across America and also built the system that analyzes and detects fraud in all of the country’s residential energy ratings. For more information, visit, and connect on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Thrive Home Builders

Thrive Home Builders has been a leader in the design and construction of energy-efficient homes since 1993. Founder Gene Myers is recognized as a pioneer in zero energy building, and the company is repeatedly recognized by industry associations for its sustainable construction of single family homes and rowhomes. The company continues to lead the homebuilding industry into the next frontier by building well-crafted homes that promote both energy-efficiency and homeowners’ wellness. Its award-winning, DOE Certified Zero Energy Ready and Zero Energy homes are available throughout Denver and its suburbs. For more information, visit

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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