HOUSTON, TX & FLORHAM PARK, NJ, June 24, 2013 – BASF announced today that through its Center for Building Excellence, it will collaborate with M Street Homes of Houston, Texas, to help it cost-effectively build high-performance homes that are healthier, more durable, and energy efficient.
M Street Homes is the first builder in the Houston area to employ the BEYOND.High Performance ™ approach from BASF, which emphasizes cost-effective techniques to reach an extraordinary level of energy efficiency and sustainable construction, driving homes towards a net-zero impact through the use of renewable energy, homeowner education and active energy conservation participation.
"BASF is at the forefront of energy-efficient construction and has a reputation of doing things the right way, so it was appealing for us to align with BASF's methods," said Randy Erwin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for M Street Homes. "Our relationship with BASF is valuable because the high performance building materials, expertise, and energy modeling provided by the Center for Building Excellence allows us to stay on the leading edge of green and energy-efficient building."
The BASF Center for Building Excellence staff offers consulting, plan reviews and other services to assist builders in constructing homes using applied building science. The BEYOND.High Performance ™ program helps builders go beyond typical new construction methods to achieve superior homeowner comfort and efficiency.
"We're excited to work with builders like M Street Homes to help them deliver affordable, quality, high-performance homes under the BEYOND program," said Rick Davenport, Director of Sustainable Construction for BASF in North America. "We applaud M Street Homes for its commitment to homeowner satisfaction from the planning stages to the final build."
M Street Homes achieves a Home Energy Rating System ® (HERS) score of 50 on finished construction projects, which means it requires only 50 percent of the energy of a conventional code-built home and comes renewable ready. Homes constructed to be M Street Edge, the company's energy efficiency program, include cellulose wall insulation, BASF closed-cell spray polyurethane foam attic insulation, and a high-performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. They also feature a hybrid wall system that contains rigid thermal insulation products from BASF that add strength to make them more sustainable in storms as well as the ManaBloc® plumbing system, which reduces water use and plumbing connections while delivering hot water to every outlet faster.
"We've always been a little ahead of the curve when it comes to energy efficiency , and with the BEYOND.High Performance program, we're taking it to the next level," said Erwin. "Our customers want to have an energy-efficient home, but they don't want to have it at the expense of putting their home upside down in value. With M Street Edge, we allow homeowners to have an energy-efficient home without having to spend irrationally to get there, and they reap the benefits of it. In fact, we've had customers show us their electric bills because they're so excited."
The HERS® Index score is a scoring system established by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), a third party, in which a score of 100 is what a standard new home built to 2006 IECC would score, while a score of 0 is a new home that has net zero energy use. The HERS® Index is a registered trademark of RESNET.
BEYOND.High Performance is a service mark of BASF.
Contact Sharon Kuperman with MStreet at 713-417-2453 in Lakes of Bella Terra for more information.