January 15, 2016

What’s the cost of owning a home?

For such a significant life investment, prospective homebuyers should be well-informed on the true cost of owning a home – including mortgage payments, energy bills, maintenance costs, property taxes and insurance.  This is why we’ve developed the True Cost…
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October 12, 2015

True Cost of Ownership™ Success Stories

Early users of the Ekotrope True Cost of Ownership sales application have seen great success!  Here are some anecdotes describing positive interactions they have had with customers while using the TCO app.  Kevin, of Drees Homes, was…
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October 23, 2014

Energy Code Cost Calculator

How Do Energy Codes Affect Builders’ Construction Costs? Over the past 10 years, residential energy codes have become more and more stringent in many states. Since 2006, the International Code Council (ICC) has released a new…
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January 15, 2014

HERS Demand Increases in 2013

70% more homes received HERS (Home Energy Rating System) ratings in the US in 2013 than 2012! The number of homes rated grew to 218,000 from 128,000 in 2012.  The chart below shows the number of ratings by year since…
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November 28, 2012

Ekotrope’s new ‘code check’ feature: Meet international, national and local building codes at the touch of a button

Building codes are key in building design and development: they ensure public safety and frequently play a role in lowering carbon footprints. But for architects, building designers and developers, the challenge of knowing – and meeting – this range of…
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