Self-Help Homes are of the highest quality because much of the work is performed by the owner-builder of the home using modern building technology and techniques.

Quality Specifications of an owner-builder Self-Help Home

Required to undergo additional and more vigorous inspections than other new homes

Built using advanced framing techniques resulting in better structural and energy performance

Up to 50% more energy efficient than other new homes built to code

96.5% AFUE variable speed ultra high efficiency furnaces

Mechanical ventilation for improved indoor air quality

Highly efficient 16 SEER central air conditioning

Attractive and “water wise” landscaping with smart controller and weather sensor

Upgraded R-49 attic insulation

Upgraded R-23 exterior wall insulation

Energy Star-certified

Advanced building envelope sealing

Upgraded highly efficient windows

Energy Star-certified appliances available

100% highly efficient LED lighting

Passive solar designs available

Energy heel trusses

Cold storage areas under porches

Open floor plans

Quality and environmentally friendly low VOC paints

Passive radon reduction systems


Waterproof laminate flooring

Properly sealed ductwork

Upgraded power-vented water heaters

ENERGY STAR. It’s the little label with the big message: Better is Better.

Self-Help Homes is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Peace of mind. The result of a home that’s built better.

With the ENERGY STAR label on your new home, you can be confident that it will deliver. When ENERGY STAR requirements are applied to new home construction, an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a durable, comfortable home with reduced utility and maintenance costs. Our ENERGY STAR certified homes have undergone more inspections and testing than typical homes to ensure that your new home was built to higher standards.

Enduring quality. Better systems make all the difference.

Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s important to be sure that it’s built to last. We’ve designed all of our new ENERGY STAR certified homes to include value-adding energy efficiency features, and a combination of materials and equipment that will deliver better performance. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.

Wall to wall comfort. A better way to live.

Ask anyone who lives in an ENERGY STAR certified home to go back to their old home.You’ll likely hear that there’s no way they’ll give up the comfort that came with the ENERGY STAR label on their new home. From the moment you walk in the door of an ENERGY STAR certified home, you’ll see, feel, and hear the difference.


Success stories

Many participant families have a story to tell. Below are some of those who were willing to share their struggles and accomplishments in achieving the “American Dream” of owning their own home.


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