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Independent inspections ensure you get a high performance home

John C., a Certified Energy Star and NAHB Green Verifier, explains how Thompson Homes, unlike most builders, uses independent inspections and third-party verification throughout the building process to ensure each homeowner gets a high performance home.

High Performance Homes

  • Breath deep: our homeowners enjoy the highest indoor air quality
  • Save $170 each year with a water efficient home and still have a great shower
  • Durable homes with lower maintenance costs and sustained home value

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Save $170 each year with a water efficient home and still have a great shower

The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances like all Thompson Homes, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Thanks to  technological advances you can still have a great shower and get your dishes clean (or even cleaner) and reduce your usage.  We target 20% reduction in water use with:

  • Low flow toilets and shower heads
  • Front loading and or top loading efficient washers
  • Water efficient dishwashers
  • Native Idaho landscaping

The Smart way to Buy a Home!

With home energy costs skyrocketing, it only makes sense to find out how energy efficient a home really is. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that houses built in line with today's energy code use 30% less energy than older homes. Many builders today are building homes that use 70% less energy than existing ones.

Why ask about the HERS Index®?

While a typical new-built home has a HERS Index® of 100, Thompson Homes can build much more efficient homes.

The difference is extremely significant. A 5000 square-foot Thompson Homes, with an expected HERS Index® of 56, has extreme monetary benefits:

   Save $48,150 over a new home (HERS Index® of 100)

   $96,698 over an average existing home (HERS Index® of 130)


What the Numbers Mean

A standard new home is awarded a rating of 100 on the HERS Index. The lower a home rates the more energy efficient it is. Therefore, a home rating of 70 on the HERS Index is 30% more efficient than the standard new home and a rating of 130 is 30% less efficient than a standard new home.

What is the HERS Index®?

The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home's energy performance and determine what improvements can be made to increase it.


   It pays to know BEFORE you buy! Increasing numbers of Energy Smart builders are having their homes energy rated. If the home you want to buy doesn’t have a HERS Index rating – ask for it.

   The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index. The LOWER the HERS Index the more energy efficient a home is, meaning lower energy costs for the homeowner.

   A low HERS Index adds VALUE and COMFORT to a home, which is why builders across the United States ensure that all their homes are energy rated.

Durable homes with lower maintenance costs and sustained home value

Certain practices dramatically impact how a house operates and effect the long-term value of the home. Thompson Homes takes a comprehensive approach to water and wind management which prevents water from penetrating the exterior of the home. As part of a whole-wall design, Thompson Homes integrates weather-resistive barriers with other wall system components, including structure, insulation, vapor retarder, air retarder, and flashing systems to ensure homeowners avoid costly maintenance and enjoy the comfort of a durable home.

Certified high performance homes: Above and beyond Energy Star

Thompson High Performance homes exceed Energy Star standards to offer homeowners a safer home that performs better with  less maintenance costs. These High Performance homes are more sustainable to own and hold higher resale values.