W.H. Hull Company
Energy Trust trade ally since 2011
For Bill Hull, owner of W.H. Hull Company, building highly efficient homes is nothing new. He’s been doing it since the beginning of his career in the 1980s. But there are a few things that have come along during that time that have made his job easier, including Energy Trust’s EPS. In fact, he’s gotten so familiar with energy efficiency standards that his company built the best-scoring EPS house in Oregon in 2014, with a perfect score of zero.
It was most likely Hull’s father, who embraced the “waste-not, want-not” principles of his depression-era childhood, who first inspired Hull’s unique attitude toward building. Nothing was ever wasted in his house as child, and as a result he says: “I think my whole building career has been about not wasting anything.”
Hull’s first step in keeping waste in check is to encourage homeowners to consider the benefits of a smaller house. He combines that with excellent insulation, a high-performance heating system, well-placed windows, a very tight building envelope and a large solar electric system to arrive at his formula for net-zero homes.
Adopting EPS was an equally straightforward concept for Hull. It offered a convenient way for him to illustrate the performance and livability of a house when working with designers and clients. “EPS is a great measure for how I’m doing,” Hull explains.
A lot of people in central Oregon have taken notice of what he’s doing. “I don’t really advertise; I don’t need to. Word of mouth has been really important in my business. [Homeowners] are really proud of what they’ve done: they’ve taken their house to the next step.”
Hull is enthusiastic about the potential for EPS, especially when it comes to creating a little healthy competition. He compares the future of EPS to bragging rights associated with gas mileage. Someday people will compare their home’s EPS in the same way. And of course if current trends at W.H. Hull Company continue, owners of Hull’s homes may very well have the best bragging rights in Oregon.
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