HERS Rating

A HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Rating is a measure of energy use in a home. The lower the HERS Rating, the more energy efficient the home. Princeton Classic Homes are Environments for Living certified homes where you will find a long list of energy-efficiency features. As a Platinum Partner of the Environments for Living program, Princeton Classic Homes meets a rigorous set of requirements which only home builders who go the extra mile fulfill.  In a Princeton Classic Home, you will find Tech Shield Radiant Barrier insulation, energy-saving high-efficiency HVAC systems, double-paned insulated Low E windows, programmable thermostats and much more. Princeton Classic Homes are built with tight construction, fresh air ventilation, improved thermal systems, combustion safety, right-sized HVAC equipment, pressure balancing, and internal moisture management.

The best part - Environments for Living certified homes come with a Heating and Cooling Energy Use Guarantee. The savings can really add up, so make sure you compare so that you can save money with your new energy-efficient Princeton Classic Home. Ask your Sales Counselor for more information.

Energy Efficiency

Tight Construction – Special framing techniques such as continuous air barrier and sealing of penetrations help reduce internal leaks and drafts.

Improved Thermal Systems – Enhanced insulation techniques help to minimize voids and gaps, and higher thermal properties (R-values) add to energy efficiency.

Right-Sized HVAC – “Right-sized” heating and cooling systems and sealed air ducts help equipment work together efficiently. “Right-sized” refers  to the process of determining whichHVAC system should be used in any particular structure.

Guaranteed Performance – Written guarantees* are issued to homeowners on the amount of energy used for heating and cooling and comfort.

Low-E Windows – Low “emissivity” windows have protective coatings to help keep heat in during the winter and out during summer.

*For complete guaranteed details and limitations, please visit environmentsforliving.com


Internal Moisture Management – Vents, pressure balancing, fresh air ventilation and “right-sized” HVAC equipment work to reduce moisture in multiple ways.

Tight Construction – Air barrier continuity and air tightness reduce the potential for moisture to enter the building envelope.

Improved Thermal Systems – Program requirements such as Low-E windows and insulation in contact with the air barrier reduce the potential for moisture build up.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Fresh Air Ventilation – Fresh air ventilation systems deliver filtered fresh air to help reduce dust, odors and indoor contaminants for improved indoor air quality.

Internal Moisture Management – Vents, pressure balancing, fresh air ventilation and “right-sized” HVAC equipment work to reduce moisture in multiple ways.

Air Pressure Balancing – Balanced air pressure throughout the home results in more even temperatures and reduces the potential for condensation build-up.

Combustion Safety – Combustion appliances in conditioned spaces are sealed or power-vented to help avoid build-up of carbon monoxide, and vent-free fireplace are not allowed. CO detectors are required in all homes.