Bee Smart About Energy Efficient Homes

The Maronda Homes Difference

Maronda Homes was first to implement dozens of energy efficient features that have now become industry standards. These features include framed and insulated low-side foundations in our Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky divisions, which creates more comfortable living space and efficient use of energy.

In Florida and Georgia, Maronda Homes implements ZIP System barrier on wall sheathing, R-30 insulation and other features such as concrete block construction.

As a concrete block builder, we know air infiltration from "wall leaks" is estimated to cause up to 39 percent of home energy loss. Concrete block walls, which are more air tight than wood frame walls, seal in air-conditioned air far better, while keeping out hot, humid air prevalent in southern climates.

The homes we build are at least 15% more energy efficient than other homes being built to date, and includes features that provide a 20-30% performance edge compared to typical new homes. We've always been a leader in building energy efficient homes. Now our program has a name: BEE Smart.

Every Home is 100% BEE Smart Certified Energy Efficient

Quality workmanship is the cornerstone of every Maronda home. By controlling more of the construction process than typical home builders, Maronda ensures that each phase meets high standards of efficiency.

Homes built according to BEE Smart standards are designed, produced and installed to meet strict requirements for energy efficiency. Each home is inspected as it's being built to verify it meets our program standards. This process of value-engineering protects your investment so it functions as well tomorrow as it does today.

To ensure that nothing is overlooked, Maronda's inspection protocol includes comprehensive checklists and periodic walkthroughs that exceed industry standards.

BEE Smart Energy Efficiency Saves You Money

Maronda Homes is dedicated to building homes that meet strict guidelines, which involves the integration of new technologies, functional design and energy efficiency into all the homes we build.

Our homes use less energy for heating, cooling and electric service to deliver significant savings on annual utility bills. Over the years, a typical Maronda homeowner can save thousands of dollars in energy costs.

Raising the Bar on ENERGY STAR® Standards

There is no question that ENERGY STAR® sets the standard for energy, but we are taking energy efficiency one step further. Homes with the BEE Smart certification are actually more energy efficient than ENERGY STAR® certified homes. 

According to the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, homes built by Maronda are 40 percent more efficient than typical new homes built to code, and 25 percent more efficient than ENERGY STAR® homes. This certification is validated by an independent inspection company.

Maronda does utilize the ENERGY STAR® program where it counts most by installing only ENERGY STAR® rated appliances. With energy efficient appliances, homeowners are able to maximize their energy and dollar savings without sacrificing features.

The Maronda Homes BEE Smart Certification Quality Checklist:

✓ Complete Thermal Enclosure System

Provides comprehensive air sealing, quality installed insulation, and high performance windows to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.

✓ High-Efficiency Heating, Ventilation and Cooling System

As much as 44% of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Our systems are designed for optimal performance resulting in a big effect on your utility bills—and your comfort.

✓ Comprehensive Water Management System

Protect roofs, walls and foundations from moisture damage. Tried-and-true building practices such as flashing, moisture barriers and heavy-duty membranes drain water from roofs, walls and foundations of BEE Smart certified homes.

✓ Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances

Keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.

✓ Independent Third-Party Inspections & Testing

We don’t just claim that Maronda Homes are energy efficient; we back it up with independent inspections and testing by a Certified Home Energy Rater.