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Homes By Dickerson’s high performance efforts recognized in Builder Magazine

Homes By Dickerson’s high performance efforts recognized in Builder Magazine


Homeowners at this Newland community can opt to go net zero with Tesla’s solar energy storage technology.

At Wendell Falls, a new-home community in Wendell, N.C., a one-of-a-kind energy storage system has been added to the list of green energy upgrades available to homeowners.
Courtesy Southern Energy ManagementThe Tesla Powerwall stores excess energy produced by solar panels which homeowners can tap into on demand or during grid outages.

At Wendell Falls, a new-home community in Wendell, N.C., a one-of-a-kind energy storage system has been added to the list of green energy upgrades available to homeowners.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Homes by Dickerson, a Wendell Falls builder, partnered with Morrisville, N.C.-based Southern Energy Management (SEM) to install the first Powerwall at the community, one of the first uses of the Tesla product in the state. Developed by San Diego, Calif.-based Newland Communities, Wendell Falls encompasses more than 1,100 acres near Raleigh, N.C.

The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that works in conjunction with solar panels to store excess energy. By making this energy available on demand, day or night, the Powerwall roughly doubles the amount of solar energy that directly powers the home, according to Tesla. When used by homeowners on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan, the wall can help save money by charging and discharging according to peak times and prices. The Powerwall also provides backup power during outages by automatically disconnecting from the grid and restoring power to a home for seven days or longer, Tesla says.

Homes in Wendell Falls have an average score of 62 on the HERS Index, according to the developers. Dickerson’s homes there are Energy Star certified and are certified Bronze by the National Green Building Standard, with features like low-flow fixtures and faucets, tankless gas heaters, and radiant barrier roof sheathing. Homeowners who want to ratchet up their home’s performance even more can opt for solar panels and a 13.5 kw/hour Powerwall, which can bring the home to net-zero energy.

SEM says the average cost for a solar array on these homes, which range from 2,000 to 3,674 square feet, is $20,000 to $25,000, and federal tax credits allow homeowners to deduct 30 percent of that cost. A fully installed Powerwall costs $10,000 in addition to that and is also eligible for the 30 percent tax credit.

The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that works in conjunction with solar panels to store excess energy.
Courtesy Southern Energy ManagementThe Powerwall can help homeowners save money by smartly charging or discharging based on the price of energy at a given time.

Since tax deductions only offset part of the steep costs for these technologies, Graham Alexander, senior residential energy specialist for SEM, says the decision to upgrade comes down to a combination of factors. Although the price tag is a deterrent for some buyers, according to Alexander, others treat the purchase like an investment in a generator, which might not offer a financial return but does provide a homeowner peace of mind in an outage.

“It’s not as much wanting to save more money with the Powerwall as the security of knowing you have power in the event of a grid failure and a little more energy autonomy,” he says.

Not only are Powerwall users less susceptible to hourly fluctuations in the cost of energy, they’re able to monitor and manage their home energy usage through the Tesla app.

According to Homes by Dickerson superintendent Jonathan Bailey, buyers and homeowners with the budget to upgrade generally choose the upscale kitchen or other additions they will see and touch every day. However, the availability of these solar options and Tesla technologies is shedding light on the benefits of independent residential energy systems.

“We get asked about solar a lot more often today than we did four or five years ago, but the challenge is getting people to understand that it’s a long-term investment,” he says.

Even if the kitchen upgrades are winning for now, Alexander says interest in smart, renewable energy systems is rising across North Carolina. “There’s a strong trend toward clean energy and higher-end smart home technology. Producing your own energy and being able to store it and control when you use it – that’s the pinnacle,” he says.


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.