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Homes By Dickerson celebrates 10 Years of Building High-Performance Homes!

Homes By Dickerson celebrates 10 Years of Building High-Performance Homes!

Homes By Dickerson celebrates 10 years of building high-performance homes!

Click here to view our new high-performance video!

A decade ago, we made a very important decision as a building company-a decision which changed how we build each of our custom homes.  We wanted to differentiate ourselves from the competition but most importantly, we wanted to provide higher-performing homes for our clients and for the environment.  So, we got to work.  We researched vendors and programs, studied qualifications, earned certifications, and became an expert in our field-all with the intention of benefitting those who have chosen to become Homes By Dickerson homeowners.

Over the last 10 years, we have continued to embrace high-performance green building, earning us recognition as a 2018 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Partner of Excellence, 2018 Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence (MAME) Best Green Home award winner, and a 2018 Market Leader Award from Energy Star (just to name a few!).

Homes By Dickerson is also honored to be a leading high-performance builder with the most single-family homes certified to the NGBS in the country*. As stewards of our client’s investment, we are dedicated to providing quality homes that offer savings, health, comfort, and sustainability. Building to the NGBS standard requires more than checking a box for energy standards, it means that our homes are designed and constructed to meet a minimum number of criteria in water efficiency, home site design, sustainable materials, indoor air quality, and homeowner education to achieve certification.  As Jon Showalter, Homes By Dickerson COO, mentions in our new high-performance video, we just do not know how to build any other way.


We know that high-performance, green building does not resonate with everyone.  Let’s face it-there is a lot of technical jargon that is not very sexy and it does not give you the cheapest per square footage cost.  What it does give you is quality and peace of mind.  The bottom line is that when you purchase a Homes By Dickerson home you are getting more than just a custom design from an incredibly talented team of individuals.  You are in fact purchasing a home that can save you money on your monthly utility bills, provide better air quality for your family, and is kinder to our environment.

We hope that our decision 10 years ago to build only high-performance homes will make your decision easier today to build The Home of Your Life with Homes By Dickerson!

To learn more about how our homes are built or to inquire about how you can build your high-performance green home with Homes By Dickerson, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

*Source: Home Innovations Research Lab 2019
Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls!

Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls!

As Wendell Falls has stated, “It’s a great day for a joy ride!” and Homes By Dickerson does like to bring joy to others.  So, however you have decided to spend your March 9th (this Saturday!), make sure to include an afternoon at the Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls where you can grab one of the bicycles and take a tour of this incredible community!  Strap on a helmet, cruise by the amenity centers (fitness, pool, slides, playgrounds, dog parks, amphitheater and more!) and then head out for the trails, the trees, and of course… the falls!   Speaking of cruising, make sure you stop by the brand new Cruizers and see the oh-so-cool mural with its bright colors and artistic design.

Then of course while you are out about (fingers crossed for some Carolina blue skies and spring air!), you are going to want to stop in and see the Homes By Dickerson team in our new solar-powered model home (one of the first solar-powered model homes in the state!).


If you have not had a chance to tour the Concord model home, you are in for a treat!  Vaulted ceilings, stained beams, built-in shelving, custom trim details, barn doors, and so much more await you in our 2018 Parade of Homes Gold Winner!  Oh, and of course there will be snacks-as in ice cold margaritas and chips with salsa and dips.  I don’t know about you but I cannot think of a better way to spend a North Carolina spring afternoon than experiencing the charming sights and sounds of Wendell Falls.

March 9th from 12pm-5pm, “It will be a great day for a joy ride!”

For more information on The Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls, our Wendell Falls Model Home or any of our move-in ready homes in this fantastic neighborhood, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

Click here for an interactive Matterport Tour of our Wendell Falls Model Home!

North Carolina Building Performance Association Reports the Value of Building High Performance Homes

North Carolina Building Performance Association Reports the Value of Building High Performance Homes

It is no secret that Homes By Dickerson has a passion for and a commitment to building high-performance homes.  In fact, each of our custom designs are Energy Star Certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code.  On an even larger scale, Homes By Dickerson builds more homes to the NGBS standard than any other builder in the state of North Carolina resulting in our homes accounting for 5% of all homes in the United States built to the NGBS standard.

As impressive as all of this sounds, what does this mean about the value of our homes, especially the value of our homes to our buyers?  The list of reasons why one should purchase a home built to the highest high-performance expectations possible is eye-opening.  It includes saving money on monthly bills, better health opportunities for you and your family due to a better air quality, and benefits to our environment-just to name a few.

The report below, sent out by The North Carolina Building Performance Association (a third party) reports that high-performance homes bring more value to the market than the alternative.  Check out these interesting statistics and findings!


PRESS RELEASE: Report finds 9.5% premium for high performance homes sold in North Carolina’s metro markets

Interested in learning more about how we can build a custom, high-performance design to be “The Home of YOUR Life!”?  Contact Whitney at 919-917-3132, email us at info@HomesByDickerson.com or visit our website at www.HomesByDickerson.com  

2017 Green Home Tour at Briar Chapel-“Build Green To Save Green!”

2017 Green Home Tour at Briar Chapel-“Build Green To Save Green!”

Come see what our high-performance, green homes are all about during the 2017 Green Home Tour in Briar Chapel! This event spans two weekends: April 29-30 and May 6-7, from 12noon to 5pm each day. We are holding events at Briar Chapel each day of the tour showcasing our high-performance, green features. Meet our team and knowledgeable industry reps, attend informative educational sessions, register for exciting prizes and more! Briar Chapel, The Brookdale (Home site 324) 247 Bennett Mountain Trace, Chapel Hill, NC. We look forward to seeing you there!

GHT BC FlyerFor more information on any of our custom, high-performance homes located throughout The Triangle, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com and don’t forget to visit our Green Home Tour home in Wendell Falls-The Wyndham, Lot 349, at 353 Liberty Star Road, Wendell.


Home Innovation Recognizes Homes by Dickerson as Green Partner of Excellence

Home Innovation Recognizes Homes by Dickerson as Green Partner of Excellence


Homes by Dickerson Recognized as Home Innovation
NGBS Green Certification Partner of Excellence 

Local Builder Applauded for Excellence in Advancing
High-Performance Mainstream Home Building;
Award Recognition Event Set for Thursday, August 1


RALEIGH, NC, JULY 18, 2013 – Homes By Dickerson has been recognized as one of Home Innovation Research Labs’ 45 Green Partners of Excellence for 2012-2013. Being one of only a handful of builder participants across the nation in Home Innovation’s green certification program to be honored with this award underscores the commitment Homes By Dickerson has made to providing its customers with increased value, comfort, durability, and efficiency through its NGBS Green Certified homes.

“We’ve gone through a lot of changes in this last year – changes in the industry, in our company, and in the National Green Building Standard,” said Home Innovation Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier. “While all the changes have been extremely positive, we recognize it takes a lot for a company or an individual to ‘roll with the punches’ and persevere with the same level of enthusiasm and excellence in a certification program as rigorous as ours. That is why this year we were compelled to recognize the significant commitment to innovation and leadership in the residential construction industry that some of our NGBS Green Partners have displayed. We are truly impressed and inspired by what companies like Homes By Dickerson are achieving in the field and the market transformation they are helping to accomplish.”

In the last year, Homes By Dickerson constructed over 100 homes in the Triangle area that were NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs to the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS). These certified homes include energy and resource-conserving features such as sealed crawl spaces, advanced framing techniques, no-rot exterior materials that increase durability, properly sized HVAC systems which save energy and increase indoor air quality, programmable thermostats, formaldehyde-free insulation, Energy Star Certification, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, low-VOC paints, regionally appropriate landscaping design and construction waste recycling.  This “whole system” approach to building homes creates a more comfortable, healthier home that saves buyers money and lessens environmental impact.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as one of the elite green builders in the country by Home Innovation Labs,” said Linwood Strickland, president of Homes By Dickerson. “We are passionate about making the Triangle area a better place to live through green, sustainable building practices which benefit both our buyers and the wider community through resource conservation and green building leadership in the local market.  Building green makes for healthier homes, happier buyers and it’s the right thing to do on many levels.”

To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than any other national certification program has.

Since the National Green Building Standard became the first and only residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in January 2009, Home Innovation Research Labs has certified over 20,500 new and remodeled single-family homes, apartments, and lots within green land developments. For more information on the NGBS or the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification Program, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/Green; for a complete list of all this year’s NGBS Green Partners of Excellence, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBSGreenPartnersOfExcellence2013. For more information on Homes By Dickerson, visit www.homesbydickerson.com or contact Jenn Nowalk, 919-454-8173 or jenn@homesbydickerson.com

Homes By Dickerson is hosting the NGBS Home Innovation Green Partner of Excellence Award Recognition Event on Thursday, August 1 from 11:30am-1:00pm at their award-winning Chambord model in their newest community Carrie’s Reach, 7009 Carries Reach Way, Raleigh, NC 27614.  Lunch will be served at 11:30, Award Reception at noon with home tour to follow.  Fellow award winners Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, Southern Energy Management, Green Home Builders of the Triangle and Habitat for Humanity of Durham will also be in attendance and will also be recognized.


ABOUT HOMES BY DICKERSON: Established in 1975, Homes By Dickerson has become a local leader in homes certified through the National Green Building and Energy Star programs.  Homes By Dickerson homes have character, craftsmanship and provide value to their customers. A Homes By Dickerson home offers owners enhanced comfort, healthier indoor air quality and lower operating costs while maintaining highest standards of design, construction and beauty.  Homes By Dickerson offers a build-on-your-lot program in addition to homes in the communities of Stonehenge Park, Raleigh; George’s Grant and Carrie’s Reach, North Raleigh; The Hamptons at Umstead, Raleigh; Heritage, Wake Forest; Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill and Copperleaf, Cary.

ABOUT HOME INNOVATION RESEARCH LABS: 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.