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Energy Efficiency

Better Built, Energy Efficient, Healthier Home
Learn More About an IveyWise New Home

IveyWise, developed exclusively by Ivey Homes, includes features and benefits that ensure your new home is on the cutting edge of efficiency. An Ivey home employs the most progressive construction techniques while maintaining affordability and beauty while saving homeowners money. 

    Better Built

    Why is an IveyWise home better than a code-built house?

    An IveyWise home includes features and construction techniques that go over and above what the International Code Council prescribes in the International Building Code for new construction including advanced framing, 100% energy-saving light fixtures and bulbs, and programable WIFI thermostats.

    Energy Efficient

    How can I tell that an IveyWise home can save me money?

    Look for the Ivey Energy Saving Label (ESL) posted at every IveyWise home and online. The ESL is unique to every IveyWise home and includes both a HERS rating and Average Annual Energy Savings for the home. A quality assurance test by an independent third party to rate each home's energy efficiency.

    Healthier Home

    Why is an IveyWise home healthier? 

    IveyWise homes include low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, carpet, and hardwood floor glue. VOCs react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues. Air barriers and air sealing isolate living areas from fumes, contaminants, or allergens that might come through the attic or walls.

      What is a HERS Score? (Home Energy Rating System)

      Frequently Asked Questions

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      WHAT FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED WHEN CALCULATING AVERAGE ANNUAL ENERGY SAVINGS?

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      A blower-door and duct blaster test is performed on each and every new Ivey home by an independent third party to measure air flow throughout the home as well as the effectiveness of the duct sealing. Energy efficiency is calculated based on the overall air tightness of the home, the efficiency of the ducts combined with the performance characteristics of the features listed above.

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      CAN ANYTHING AFFECT THE AVERAGE ANNUAL ENERGY SAVINGS?

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      Actual energy costs will vary depending on individual usage habits, the number of residents in the home and fluctuation in rates by your utility company.

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      WHAT IS A HOME ENERGY RATING SYSTEM (HERS) RATING?

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      The HERS (Home Energy Rating Systems) rating provides a standardized evaluation of a home's energy efficiency and expected energy savings: the lower the HERS rating, the more energy efficient the home. The typical new code-built home has a HERS rating of 100. A home with a score of 75 would be 25% more energy-efficient than a new code-built home. The rating is calculated by an independent third party who inspects and rates each and every new Ivey home.

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      WHY DOES IVEY USE HERS TO RATE THEIR NEW IVEYWISE HOMES?

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      The HERS index allows comparison of new code-built homes as well as existing homes. IveyWise, developed exclusively for Ivey Homes is a recognized program that focuses on building techniques, materials, and features of the home to be more energy-efficient. HERS index score is based on a variety of factors that are particular to that house and homesite and are administered by a third-party energy rater. 

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      ARE IVEY WISE FEATURES INCLUDED IN THE SALES PRICE?

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      Yes. The IveyWise features are considered "standard" and are included in the base price of every new Ivey home.

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      DO ANY OTHER BUILDERS OFFER THESE FEATURES OR ARE THEY UNIQUE TO IVEY?

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      Some builders may offer a handful of features Ivey has included in IveyWise, but Ivey was the first builder in the Augusta area to develop a complete energy-efficient focused program that includes advanced framing for better insulation installation that benefits the homeowner for years to come. 

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      WHAT IS RADIANT BARRIER SHEATHING?

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      Radiant barrier roof sheathing is made up of highly-reflective material and is installed in the attic. It reflects up to 97% of the sun's radiant heat, thereby lowering attic temperatures and improving energy efficiency.

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      WHAT IS "ADVANCED FRAMING?"

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      With traditional framing, the 3-stud outside corner space and exterior/interior wall intersections are boxed in and cannot easily be insulated, resulting in energy loss.

      With “Advanced Framing", a "California Corner" is a simple L-shape corner that allows easy access to install insulation in the corners and “Ladder T’s” provide a better intersection that allows for continuous insulation, reducing air flow throughout the structure resulting in greater savings on heating and cooling costs.

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      WHY IS AN IVEY WISE HOME HEALTHIER?

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      IveyWise homes include low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, carpet, and hardwood floor glue. VOCs react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues. Air barriers and air sealing isolate living areas from fumes, contaminants, or allergens that might come through the attic or walls.

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      EXPLAIN AIR BARRIERS & AIR SEALING.

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      Air leakage is the single biggest loss of energy in a home. Ivey homes include extensive air barriers to seal gaps and block random air movement through the new home. Air sealing controls moisture, prevents dirt and pollen from leaking inside the home, and reduces air flow throughout the home, thereby increasing indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

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      WHO IS THE "INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY" INSPECTOR?

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      Ivey Homes has partnered with Sozo Energy, LLC s as its HERS Rater. In addition to rating the house, Sozo Energy, LLC  provides a third party guarantee for heating and cooling energy usage.

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