ThinkDwell, Inc. joined today with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman as part of a new national energy-saving initiative—the U.S. Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge.

“For ThinkDwell, building high-performance homes is a priority,” said Suzanne O’Leary, President of ThinkDwell, a company that provides highly affordable custom green home design nationwide. “We welcome this voluntary initiative, and look forward to working with DOE to build consumer awareness of the benefits for building highly energy efficient homes.” ThinkDwell also offers LEED Certification (documentation of how green your new home is) and quality control services for small projects, including mold- and allergen-free certification.

The EnergySmart Home Scale, or E-Scale, serves as a tool for marketing energy-efficient homes. Consumer interest has been increasing in the top energy-performing homes, and now there is a tool that clearly allows builders and designers to rate the level of efficiency.

“ThinkDwell believes it is possible to build new homes that are more efficient than code by 30 percent or better at little or no net cost,” continued Ms. O’Leary. “We can achieve these efficiencies on tight budgets. High technology is not necessary to achieve energy efficiency in our market. Small homes have an advantage: they use less energy than larger homes to begin with. With high quality design features and innovative affordable building strategies, we assure that the home project will not only come in on budget, the owner will experience the benefits of having a home that is customized for their needs while saving money on energy bills for the duration of the time they live there. We believe this kind of high-performance building is the right thing for our nation, our natural environment, and our customers.”

Any company in the industry can voluntarily join the Builders Challenge. Contact ThinkDwell if you would like more information. www.thinkdwell.com