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Prairieland Homes partners, Jake Hanson and Joe Strotman, have been building beautiful homes all around central Iowa. With over 50 years of combined experience and lifelong ties to the industry, they’re committed to providing their clients with the best construction experience possible.


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Prairieland Homes has served central Iowa for more than 40 years and recently received The Ames Tribune's award for 2018 Best of Story County.

In this month’s feature, we asked Prairieland Homes partner Jake Hanson to share some insight on building HERS® homes for their customers.

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

A: Jake: Prairieland Homes is about making people feel at home. Not only are our homes beautiful, but we insure they are built with energy efficiency. We are with our customers every step of the way and because we live in the same community as our customers, we continue to be with them after the building process is over. Knowing we have done everything we can for our clients is what we do, and that includes HERS® testing. HERS® testing is another added touch to verify workmanship and materials are above par. This makes our homes more secure and as a result, offer lower utility bills.

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

A:  Jake: By having the HERS® Index score on your home, you are insured your home has that extra touch. It has not only been inspected but certified by a third-party testing agency so you can be assured your home is running at peak efficiency.

Q: Why does Prairieland Homes choose to have their homes HERS® Rated?

A: Jake: Prairieland Homes takes comfort in knowing there are more eyes helping make their homes energy efficient.

Q: Why consumers should expect energy-efficient homes?

A: Jake: Not only do we have a responsibility to our clients, but also to the environment in which we live. Going green is not just a trend – it is the right thing to do. Setting and achieving energy goals is something we are proud to do and accomplish for not just our clients, but for our environment.

Q: How many homes does Prairieland Homes build with HERS® per year?

A: Jake: Prairieland Homes builds all our homes HERS® certified, which is approximately 8 to 10 homes a year.

Q: How do you market HERS® Rated homes?

A: Jake: Our team at Prairieland Homes has over 40 years of experience in Central Iowa, so word of mouth goes along way, as does our social media and website.

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

A: Jake: Prairieland Homes clients feel secure knowing they have a certified HERS® home. Our home provides our clients with the added touch they’ve come to expect. It allows them to relax and enjoy their new home for years. Having a certified HERS® home has an added benefit if the need for selling the home arises.