EnergyLogic’s service offering expands to include National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certification

Have you heard about NGBS Certification

EnergyLogic is adding National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certification to our suite of “above code” energy-efficient and green building programs.

The National Green Building Standard™ certification goes well beyond saying that a home is energy-efficient; it provides independent, third-party verification that a home, apartment building, or land development is designed and built to achieve high-performance in six key areas:

  1. Energy Efficiency
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Resource Efficiency
  4. Lot Development & Site Design
  5. Building Operation & Maintenance
  6. Indoor Environmental Quality

While any residential project can earn the NGBS Certification, it has significant value for multifamily projects that need to meet Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or other governmental green building requirements.

With bronze, silver, gold, or emerald levels, our partners can pursue a certification level that is appropriate for their project and achieve a nationally recognized and rigorous certification.

How do the various certification levels compare?

NGBS certification level comparison graph
Source: Home Innovation Research Labs

Discover more of what the NGBS Green Certified promise means for you.

If you would like to learn more about NGBS or have a project which may be appropriate, please contact Rusty Buick, Director of Sales at EnergyLogic.

Who to Contact:

Rusty Buick
Director of Sales/Customer Relations

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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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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.

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

Robby Schwarz (faked)

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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