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JT Custom Builders

JT Custom Builders diligently works to provide a thorough, enjoyable custom home-building experience. With decades of experience in new home construction, remodeling, and carpentry, they are passionate about high-quality craftsmanship and the personal attention given during every phase of the process.


JT Custom Builders

Locations: Maryland
JT Custom Builders has built 2 mortgage-free ADA-accessible homes for disabled veterans. Both homes were HERS-rated and built to provide years of accessibility, lower utility bills, and comfort to the recipients.

In this month’s feature, we asked owner Jimmy Tereyla to share some insight on building HERS® homes for their customers.

Q: What is special about a HERS® Rated home?

A: Jimmy: A HERS-rated home demonstrates to the Owner of the home, the Builder, and anyone else involved the commitment to building better, more energy-efficient homes. It goes beyond “talking about” building better and actually shows a tangible result for the efforts put in.

Q: Why should consumers ask for the HERS® Index Score on homes they are shopping for?

A: Jimmy: Consumers should ask for HERS scores as a way to measure the home’s likelihood of being comfortable, and affordable in terms of expected energy usage, and it will give a clue as to the overall quality of other elements in the home.

Q: Why does JT Custom Builders choose to have their homes HERS® Rated?

A: Jimmy: It’s a non-negotiable item for us. We love building better homes and want to be able to demonstrate the tangible results of our efforts.

Q: Why consumers should expect energy-efficient homes?

A: Jimmy: Very little gets less expensive over time, so among the myriad of benefits related to the environment and the indoor areas we live, energy-efficient homes are more affordable to live in and more comfortable.

Q: How many homes does JT Custom Builders build with HERS® per year?

A: Jimmy: We like to be able to pay attention to all of the details, so typically no more than 5-7 homes each year.

Q: How do you market HERS® Rated homes?

A: Jimmy: We discuss several elements of our approach and the measures we take for energy efficiency with our social media posts.

Q: How do your customers feel about HERS® Rated homes?

A: Jimmy: When we educate our customers on why we do what we do and the benefits for them, they love that we take the steps that we do and enjoy seeing the scores we achieve.