Project Details

  • 2015 National Department of Energy Home Innovation Award Winner
  • 3,800 sq ft home
  • HERS Score 21
  • 79% more energy efficient than a typical Durango home built to code
  • Build Time: 8 months
  • One of seven homes to win the 2015 Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award
  • Award Page  (live link)

Project Description

  • Designed and Built by Mantell-Hecatorn Builders
  • Incredible panoramic views of the La Platas on 6 wooded acres 

"We wanted to have a very well-built, energy-efficient home for our new residence in the mountains of Durango, Colorado. We really appreciated the ease of working with everyone at Mantell-Hecathorn Builders, and have been so impressed with Greg and Hunter’s knowledge of construction and their ability to build at this level.

During construction and after completion we have experienced the high quality of Mantell-Hecathorn Builders workmanship and the genuine comfort of our new home on the coldest Durango winter day. Our electric bills have been zero (we actually have a net credit due to our photovoltaic system). The cost of propane to heat the house with the thermostats set fairly low at 60 degrees when we haven’t been there has only been about $350 from July through May! (Our 1000 gallon tank was filled to 80% in July and now reads at 60%, which means we used about 200 gallons of propane.) Pretty remarkable for a 3800 SF home in this climate!"

-Betsy & Jay C.