C&B Construction repeats as national winner
C & B Construction has once again received the EPA indoor airPLUS Leader Award for 2015 from the Environmental Protection Agency. C & B was presented with this same award in 2014 making them the only builder nationwide to have received the EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Award two years running.
C & B Construction is owned by Bill and Laurie Bullock. While most of their current home construction is in Grey Fox Ridge they are currently building in the Crossroads at Mingus as well as other Verde Valley locations.
"We have made the full commitment to build all of our homes to the strict requirements of the Energy Star and Indoor airPLUS programs," says Bill Bullock. By now most of the public is aware of the Home Energy Rating System - the HERS Score - used to determine actual home energy efficiency. The homes are designed using the latest building science techniques.
They are then inspected and tested by a "rater" - a third-party engineering firm. The lower the HERS score the more energy efficient the home. Bullock says "Our HERS scores are typically in the low 30's but we have built homes that have scored as low as an 8 on the HERS index and we have several in the teens. Many of our customers have minimum APS bills 8 to 9 months out of the year and some have them all year long."
The EPA indoor airPLUS program is the "sister" program to Energy Star. It basically assures the homeowner that they have the healthiest home available.
Bullock says, "Our Energy Star homes are very tight. Since outside air is five to ten healthier than inside air the home can become healthier by introducing outside air in a controlled fashion. In entry level Energy Star homes it is possible to use a "burp valve" to bring in outside air. Basically the valve provides puffs of outside air from time to time to mitigate the potential stale air issue. We have taken the next step by providing an actual air exchange unit that not only provides for an air exchange inside the home roughly every three hours but filters the air as well. Some of our owners have even chosen to use a unit with a HEPA filter."
Other criteria includes low VOC or no VOC paint products, green label floor coverings, products that have little or no off gassing and meeting radon requirements.
Bill and Laurie Bullock agree that "We are very proud that our little 'mom and pop' company - in a very small corner of the country - has received acknowledgement from the Environmental Protection Agency again. Several of our subcontractors that work diligently toward the standards we have set need to be commended. T & T Refrigeration, Wolf Insulation, Verde Lath & Stucco and Total Building Systems - along with Steve Louden and our great employee team - have contributed to the success of these programs. Thanks guys!"