Certified High Performance Home Program Surpasses 5000 Certified Homes


The High Performance Building Council of the Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) recently certified the 5000th home in their locally operated Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program. The program began certifying homes in 2012.

“We are lucky to have knowledgeable and passionate builders when it comes to building science and high performance homes,” said High Performance Building Council Chairman, Trevor Michael. “Couple that with the strength and versatility of the National Green Building Standard™ and you’ve got a recipe for success.”

The CHiP Home Program is a new home certification program based on the National Green Building Standard™ (ICC 700-2012), an ANSI-approved program developed by industry professionals from across the nation. The program is run locally through the BIA High Performance Building Council. Homes must receive a HERS Index Rating by an independent, third-party rater and meet minimums in the NGBS™ as certified by third-party verifiers.

All of the 5000+ CHiP Homes have reached prescribed thresholds in Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality and in Homeowner Education, Operation and Maintenance, meaning that these homes produced less waste during construction and use less resources to operate than do homes that are simply built to code.

“CHiP Homes are built to be more comfortable and healthier for the inhabitants,” Michael continued, “with the added bonus of costing less to operate than traditional homes.”

CHiP Homes can be built by any home builder. Builder Partners in the program include Epic Homes, LLC, Essex Homes, SE, Great Southern Homes, and Southern Traditional Homes.

For more information on the BIA High Performance Building Council or the CHiP Home Program, please see our website at http://www.CHiPHomeProgram.com or contact Bin Wilcenski with the BIA of Central SC at (803) 256-6238.

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