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HERS Home Raises Half Million for Charity

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 14, 2014 1:57:00 PM

Think Energy-efficient Homes are not affordable. Think again.

HERS House for Charity

Simmons Homesmetro Tulsa, Oklahoma's largest home builder, builds affordable, energy efficient homes from $138,000 to more than $275,000 in Owasso, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Glenpool, and Jenks. Though known for its affordable homes that have HERS Indices ranging from 60 to 72, the company built a 2,300-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home for Oklahoma’s Make a Wish Foundation that raised a record half million dollars August 7, in Broken Arrow, OK.

HERS rated Home Auction


The high auction bid for the home located in The Villas of Spring Creek neighborhood was matched by a generous donation from a long-time Make-A-Wish supporter, resulting in the largest single donation of the year for the charity organization.

Founded in 1994 by Greg Simmons, the company’s homes are not only affordable but also HERS-rated. The company web site reads, “Energy savings and the associated cost savings are on every homebuyer's mind. Simmons Homes achieves significant energy savings through established, reliable building technologies and by working closely with respected Home Energy Raters to select from a number of energy efficient features when planning and building homes.”

Features that get the homes HERS rating ranging from 60 to 72, depending on the house, include insulation in floors, walls, and attics; high-performance windows with protective coatings; tight construction and ducts; efficient HVAC, lighting and appliances. (Read this article about how the HERS Index affects home values.)

HERS index

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