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Welcome Post and Courier reader to our website. Thanks for reading about us in ‘Local Builder Wins Big with US Department of Energy “Housing Innovation Award.”’ We are extremely proud to be considered as one of the top 1% of all builders in the United States by the Department of Energy and to have won the ‘Housing Innovation Award’ two times. Based here in Charleston, we build high performance homes that are so energy efficient, all or most of their annual energy can be offset with renewable energy. With our patented EcoShell technology we build homes capable of withstanding 200 mph winds while delivering an energy bill of just $150-$300 per year.

Our site has some additional articles that help explain what our EcoShell can do to make your home healthier, more energy efficient and stronger against Mother Nature.

On September 25, 2015 a 200 mph tornado struck Johns Island at 1 A.M. About 80 homes were damaged in the Brownswood Road and Sonny Boy Lane areas of northern Johns Island. The Ecoshell home sustained minimal damage. Read the full story here.

In 2014 the US Department of Energy first awarded us the prestigious “Housing Innovation Award.” The award was based on a case study of our Ecoshell home with a projected $312 annual energy bill. Read more about ‘The Future of Housing…Today’ here.

The actual 2014 case study of our Zero Energy Ready home is available as a PDF file, click on this link DoE ZEH Amerisips 09-20-14 to read it. You can also find the case study at ENERGY.GOV here.

Home-buyers who value energy efficiency, indoor air quality and a fortress like structure don’t have to give up the creature comforts and high-end designs they want. With our EcoShell technology as the structure, we create unique homes that offer luxury living with all the amenities today’s savvy buyers want.

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Local Builder Wins Big with
US Department of Energy
“Housing Innovation Award”

Charleston is the home of innovative companies that are not only doing great things, but are at the leading edge of their industry. Insulsteel is one such example.

Insulsteel of South Carolina, LLC, (formerly Amerisips Homes) located on Marina Drive, recently received the coveted Housing Innovation Award in the Custom Homes category from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a house it built on Johns Island.

Insulsteel CEO Steve Bostic, who owns the company with wife Tina Bostic, is proud of the award, saying “We are extremely pleased to be selected as a DOE National Winner for 2 of the past 3 years for two of our homes built on Johns Island. Our high performance homes are so energy efficient, all or most of their annual energy can be offset with renewable energy.” Steve and Tina Bostic have been in Charleston since 2011, building energy efficient custom homes that look fantastic and feature high-end amenities and finishes while saving on energy costs.

Winning a DOE Housing Innovation award is no easy feat. Homes must meet or come close to meeting the DOE’s standards for Zero Energy Ready Homes. Award-winning homes are verified by a qualified third party and are at least 40-50 percent more efficient than standard new homes, according to the DOE.

These homes are so energy efficient, they can offset all or most of their annual energy consumption. A 2,000-3,000 sq. ft. home built by Insulsteel using its patented EcoShell technology may cost $150-$300 per year on average in energy bills. For comparison, the average residential energy bill in the U.S. at $114.09 per month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Buyers can also take advantage of state and federal tax credits for building an energy-efficient home, which can be as high as $45,000.

The advantages of living in a Zero Energy Ready Home go beyond the economic incentives, though. The insulation technology that makes them so energy efficient also improves indoor air quality, as it helps keep pollutants, pests, allergens, and moisture out, reducing mold and mildew. Insulsteel technology has a high insulation value equivalent to R40 to R60, which leads to excellent indoor air quality that meets the EPA’s standards for Indoor airPLUS certification.

The advantages of living in a Zero Energy Ready Home go beyond the economic incentives, though. The insulation technology that makes them so energy efficient also improves indoor air quality, as it helps keep pollutants, pests, allergens, and moisture out, reducing mold and mildew. Insulsteel technology has a high insulation value equivalent to R40 to R60, which leads to excellent indoor air quality that meets the EPA’s standards for Indoor airPLUS certification.

Steve and Tina Bostic accepting their 2016 DOE Award from Sam Rashkin at the 2016 Housing Awards Ceremony in Dallas, Texas.

The building technology that makes all of this possible is based on Insulsteel’s high-insulated, precision engineered panels constructed from steel that are used in the foundation, walls, floors, and roof of the home to create what they call the EcoShell. Homes built with EcoShell technology are energy efficient, have exceptional structural integrity, and can withstand severe weather and hurricane force winds up to 200 miles per hour. In fact, it was the EcoShell’s strength that allowed the award-winning home on Johns Island to withstand a tornado on Sept. 25, 2015. It experienced very little damage, while other houses in the neighborhood were destroyed.

Homebuyers who value energy efficiency and all the other benefits that come from Insulsteel don’t have to give up the creature comforts and high design they want in a home. Buyers can convert existing architectural designs to meet Insulsteel’s specifications or work directly with a designer at Insulsteel to design the home of their dreams.

After design comes construction, where the EcoShell is put into place and the home is built. Finally, the details: buyers can select the finishes, colors, and materials they want to make up their new home, so they don’t have to sacrifice on style or creature comforts.

The building process usually takes between 45 and 70 days, and single-family homes start in the $350,000s and go to $2 million and up. Homes of all sizes are built with the same materials, process, care, and integrity that are the hallmark of Insulsteel’s construction.

Insulsteel’s high standards lead to high-quality, long-lasting homes that are a pleasure to live in. Those high standards are also the reason Insulsteel has received so many accolades. Not only has Insulsteel won the Housing Innovation Award twice, in 2016 and 2014 (under the former name Amerisips, the custom home builder division of Insulsteel), it was also named a 2014 DOE “Zero Energy Ready Home Partner” as well as “Top 1% of US Builders” by Department of Energy Chief Architect Sam Rashkin.

A home built by Insulsteel is more than just an energy efficient house – it’s a step towards the future, where we value energy efficiency beyond low monthly energy bills, where we choose energy efficiency because it’s the best thing for our environment and our community at large.

Rashkin said as much when discussing Insulsteel and other winners of the Housing Innovation awards, saying “These winners are leading the movement to designing and building homes that provide better places for Americans to live, stronger communities, and a more economically and environmentally resilient nation.”

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