Priority Energy Receives Honorable Mention by the Department of Energy
for Their Energy Efficiency Services and Products Utilized in the
Winning Builders Challenge Home
Priority Energy's products and services earn honorable mention at the Department of Energy
Builders Challenge award ceremony for their cutting-edge energy efficiency, affordability and
home health benefits.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 15, 2013 -- Priority Energy was honored last week for their energy efficiency
contributions to the winning U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Builders Challenge Award home. The
Builders Challenge Award is designed to recognize builders for their use of innovative energy efficiency
measures in their new construction. Priority Energy worked closely with the Illinois builder to design and
implement their high performance, cost effective productsthat contributed to the house's winning results.
Priority Energy, the long time energy efficiency partner of StreetScape Development in Libertyville, IL, helped
the builder create this outstanding home that uses 37% less energy and emits 33% less off-gasses than a home
built according toIECC 2012 code specifications alone. In economic terms, this means the home's annual utility
costs will be nearly $1000 less than a comparable new home. In addition to all this, the durability, indoor air
quality and overall comfort of the home will be greatly enhanced.
"We are big believers in the DOE's Challenge Home concept," said Robert Schildgen, owner and CEO of
Chicago-based Priority Energy. "The whole point of the program is to identify ways to bring high performance
homes to the market in a more cost effective manner. StreetScape Development has been building Energy Starrated
homes for the past few years; the Builders Challenge home was a natural next-step for them and we were
thrilled to help."
Priority Energy provided the initial mechanical sizing, (Manual J, D, and S), and Energy Modeling for the
design of the Challenge Home. During and after construction they conducted performance tests for IECC code
compliance, Energy Star 3.0 and a HERS rating. In addition, the following Priority Energy products were
utilized to attain the award-winning, high performance results:
Aeroseal® Duct Sealing
Winning a DOE award for one of the “Top 100 Inventions” of the past 23 years, Aeroseal duct sealing will
improve the comfort, health and efficiency of HVAC systems in new and older homes and buildings.
Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV)
The Lifebreath ventilation systemremoves indoor dust, allergens, chemical contaminants, odors and humidity
from a home while it brings in fresh air from the outdoors. State-of- the-art technology increases HVAC
efficiency by transferring the temperature of the indoor air to the incoming outdoor air.
Enviro-Dri® Exterior Moisture and Air Barrier Sealant
The polymer-asphalt coating is 97% more effective at blocking air and moisture infiltration then traditional
housewrap products. EnviroDri's seamless barrier sealant is more durable than wraps, less expensive and
quicker to install.
Intellihot Tankless Water Heater
These ultra high efficiency water heaters learn and adapt to homeowners' life styles and supply never- ending
hot water on demand. The Intellihotunits are tankless which means there is no standing water to heat and less
EWC Zoning Controls
An Ultra-Zone control system is probably the most cost effective improvement a homeowner can make. The
one of a kind UT-3000 Zone Control System provides intelligent control of a communicating HVAC system at
a maximum of three zones using motorized dampers and any off-the-shelf 24volt thermostat.
About Priority Energy, LLC
Priority Energy is dedicated to improving our well being by maximizing the performance of the structures we
live and work in. They will accomplish this through the education of their customers (contractors, builders,
code officials, architects, and home owners), by training BPI and RESNET certified professionals to further
building science knowledge and the identification, introduction and installation (where necessary) of the highest
quality products and services available in the marketplace.
Visit Priority Energy's showroom and training center at 538 Busse Parkway, Park Ridge, IL 60068.