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September 29, 2017 | Upper Marlboro, MD

2015 NGBS Green Energy Report Now Available in Ekotrope

The 2015 NGBS Green energy efficiency calculation and report are now available in Ekotrope RATER, the fastest-growing HERS rating software with over 22,000 homes rated so far in 2017.

Ekotrope, relatively new to the energy rating market, offers products and solutions that can analyze the efficiency and cost of all the energy design elements for a given residential project to help builders select the combination of features, products, and technologies that is right for their budget, clients, and sustainability goals.

NGBS Green Verifiers can utilize Ekotrope’s cloud-based technology to create and access the NGBS report on any computer, anywhere. This can help verifiers produce HERS ratings for builders more accurately and quickly, eliminating time spent on data-entry and administration. Moreover, users can automatically share information securely with other IT systems using Ekotrope’s connectivity tool (API). Having more accessible data for running analytics can help builders and verifiers run their businesses more efficiently while making better decisions.
Ekotrope RATER also applies the proper logic for tankless water heaters for the NGBS Green analysis. This is an important update to ensure homes using tankless water heaters receive full credit toward NGBS Green certification.

Ekotrope RATER is one product in Ekotrope’s software portfolio for the residential construction industry. Ekotrope’s software allows residential construction professionals to find cost-effective ways to reach their design goals (using Ekotrope Optimizer) and explain the economic value to buyers (using Ekotrope TCO).

For more information on Home Innovation’s NGBS Green certification program, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/Green.

Example of Ekotrope RATER Report

Sample Ekotrope RATER report with NGBS Green energy efficiency calculation and report.

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ABOUT: Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in residential construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the residential construction industry.

NOTE TO EDITORS ON STYLE USAGE: To identify this company and its work correctly, first reference should be "Home Innovation Research Labs." In subsequent mentions, "Home Innovation Labs” or simply “Home Innovation” are acceptable and accurate alternative references; we are not identified by an acronym. Prior to February 12, 2013, the company was known as the NAHB Research Center.