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Welcome to Builder Technical Support!

If you are looking for Local or Federal Tax Incentives, explanations of how to participate in one of the many Green Building Programs across the nation or training in Better Building Practices, GWS is the source for all your Technical Support solutions.

We offer technical support and consulting for LEED for Homes, NAHB National Green Building Standard, EPA ENERGY STAR Certification, EPA Indoor Air Plus, Texas Green Build and a verity of local green building programs.

Being one of the nation's largest 3rd Party Verification Firms we also do the Inspections and Verification for the above mentioned programs as well as IECC Inspections.

We can also help you with Building Specs for Framing, Air Infiltration, Insulation, Electrical, HVAC Design and
HVAC Manual J Criteria.

Tax Incentives for Builders

GWS seeks to provide up to date information on Federal and State Tax Incentives for builders across the nation. Not all states offer an incentive so the best a builder can do in that state is file for the Federal Tax Credit. Below are documents explaining the steps you need to follow as a builder to file for these incentives.

Federal:

The Federal Tax Credit has been extended and will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012. Please contact our Builder Support at buildersupport@gwssi.com for more information.

Oklahoma Tax Incentives: Click Here for the Oklahoma Tax Credit for Residential Builders

States: Click Here for the ACEE State Energy Efficiency Policy Database


Building Science Consultants

GWS provides comprehensive building science consulting services to our clients. We work with builders, individuals and trade contractors to evaluate the construction process, construction techniques and applications of building components to determine the optimal application based on climate conditions, building performance and cost effectiveness.

As part of the consulting process, we develop specific construction details outlining the proper construction techniques based on climate zone in which the homes are constructed as well as the building components being used. GWS’s staff of engineers and building science specialists work with clients to develop building science road maps to guide them in energy efficient construction practices that increase building performance, durability and decrease liability.


Building Science Services
  • Moisture Movement and Management
  • Bio-contaminant Prevention (Mold)
  • HVAC Comfort and Performance
  • Attic Ventilation Specifications and Consulting
  • Development of Building Science Roadmaps
  • Building Performance Diagnostics
  • Expert Witness
  • Trade Contractor Training
  • Development of Customized Construction Details

LEED for Homes

LEED for Homes is the latest, most comprehensive green building rating system for residential construction. The program is being developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and leading industry experts across the nation. The goal of the LEED for Homes program is the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices.

GWS certified the very first LEED Home in the United States. GWS has been designated as a provider for all LEED for Homes services and will work closely with each homebuilder to achieve the desired rating. For more info visit our Learning Center or contact our Green Program Coordinator.

 

Watch LEED for Homes Certification Process Video

LEED for Homes: Certification Process from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo.

Score your project with the USGBC Scoring Tool here. 

 

NAHB Research Center's National Green Building Standard

The ANSI approved National Green Building Standard defines green building for single and multifamily homes, residential remodeling projects and site development projects while still allowing for the flexibility required for regionally-appropriate best green practices.

A builder, remodeler or developer must incorporate a minimum number of features in the following areas: energy, water, and resource efficiency, lot and site development, indoor environmental quality, and home owner education. For more info visit our Learning Center or contact our Green Program Coordinator.

 

Score your project with the NAHB Green Scoring Tool here.

 

ENERGY STAR Certification

ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program that helps us all save money and protect our environment with energy-efficient products and practices. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel your home, or buy a new house, ENERGY STAR can help. More than 60 types of products, including appliances, televisions, computers, heating and cooling equipment, and even new homes can earn the government's ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR also offers best-practice solutions to make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy costs.”

GWS has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the ENERGY STAR Program for almost seven years. We were the first Provider in the states of Oklahoma and Texas and have certified over 50,000 ENERGY STAR homes.

For more information visit our Learning Center or visit the ENERGY STAR web site.

 

EPA Indoor Air Plus

EPA created Indoor Air Plus to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

Builders can employ a variety of construction practices and technologies to decrease the risk of poor indoor air quality in their new homes.

By constructing homes that meet EPA’s stringent specifications, forward-thinking builders can distinguish themselves by being among the first to offer homes designed to deliver lower utility costs, greater comfort, better durability, and reduced risk of indoor air problems.



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