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Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 @ 06:12 AM

Raleigh Custom Home Builder now includes ecoSelect Certification

Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes is now offering full ecoSelect certification in every custom home that the company designs and builds.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

We are very pleased to offer ecoSelect to our custom homebuyers as a standard feature,” said Stan Williams, CEO of Stanton Homes. “Certification from ecoSelect provides additional assurance that your custom Stanton Home will be extremely energy efficient, with more comfort and lower energy bills.”

The ecoSelect program was developed by Morrisville-based Southern Energy Management (SEM), a leader in the solar and energy efficiency industry with more than 10 years of experience in green building.

The program is endorsed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) as one of only six “RESNET EnergySmart Programs” in the nation.

Raleigh custom  home builder Stanton Homes - Brogan“By including ecoSelect as a standard feature in all of its custom homes Stanton Homes is further demonstrating to its customers their commitment to energy efficiency and quality assurance, certified by third party experts,” said SEM Building Performance Project Coordinator Sam Burner. “These measures will go a long way in ensuring homeowners that their new homes have very high standards – and that they’ll save on energy bills, too.”


The ecoSelect program uses the nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index established by RESNET.

Certified raters score every home on a variable scale, with a score of zero representing a home that uses no energy, 100 being equivalent to a home built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, and 130-150 being a typical home built 10-15 years ago.

Raleigh new home - modern kitchenVisual inspections combined with blower door and HVAC system duct leakage tests by an outside third party confirm that the home is healthy, comfortable and efficient. A home with a HERS score of 75 is 25% more efficient than a home with a HERS score of 100, and twice as efficient as a home with a HERS score of 150.

The average ecoSelect earns a HERS score of 75 or lower, and each score is paired with a set of common sense efficiency upgrades like advanced air sealing, programmable thermostats and WaterSense water fixtures.

“One of our favorite features of ecoSelect is that it gives us the freedom to meet requirements in the most cost-effective way for our specific local climate conditions,” said Williams. “With this certified system, we implement energy saving initiatives that are appropriate to North Carolina – not North Dakota.”

Since ecoSelect’s official launch in mid-2012, more than 250 homes across North Carolina have already earned certification.  Details of the ecoSelect program can be found at, which helps homebuyers understand the benefits of purchasing and living in an energy efficient new home.



About Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes across central North Carolina, on our lot or yours, with outstanding craftsmanship, top quality materials, and a Price Match Guarantee. Our industry experts will help you find, modify or design a custom home you’ll love to live in, with free initial design services.  Stanton Homes is an industry-leading builder of traditional, universal design, fully accessible, certified green, geothermal and energy saving homes – with some of the best guarantees in the business. Contact us at 919-278-8070 or visit

About Southern Energy Management
Southern Energy Management is a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency, green building and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders, and business owners across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. A certified B Corp, SEM's two-part mission is to improve the way people make and use energy and to build a prosperous company that supports people and the planet. SEM was founded in a living room in Raleigh in 2001, and is now consistently recognized as an industry leader both locally and nationally. Its ecoSelect program won the 2012 Triangle Business Journal Clean & Green Award for Entrepreneurial Effort/Innovation Idea. SEM is among a small handful of companies in the U.S. to earn the national 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for being named Partner of the Year six consecutive times. SEM was named a CED NC Company to Watch in 2011 and received the 2011 City of Raleigh Environmental Stewardship. For more information, visit

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