Touchstone Energy® Home



The Touchstone Energy® Home Program is changing the way builders and homeowners think about energy efficiency. Homes built to the program’s standards are typically 49 percent more efficient than a traditional home.

How does it work? First, we’ll meet with your builder to discuss the program requirements. Next, a Home Energy Rating System® (HERS) rater is assigned to the project to verify these requirements are met before and during construction. Finally, you’ll receive a full energy efficiency report that includes a HERS rating for your home.

Read on to learn more about building a home that costs less to own (and keeps you more comfortable).

Contact Us

If you’d like more information about building a Touchstone Energy® Home, or if you’re a homebuilder that would like to receive the required program training, please contact Program Coordinator Dan Phillips at or by calling (317) 481-2879.

Touchstone Energy Home Builders

Homebuilders with training and experience in the Touchstone Energy® Home program build better, more energy efficient homes. Here are some builders who meet the Touchstone Energy Home standards.

Central Indiana:

Daniel Builders
Daniel Dobson
3357 E CR 700 S Cloverdale IN 46120

Souligne Construction, Inc.
Mike Souligne
6297 S Bryan Ct.
Oxford, IN 47971
(765) 918-0669 cell
(765) 385-0095 office

Staley Construction, Inc.
Bill Staley
(317) 374-1026 cell
(317) 718-7025 office

Summit Builders, Inc.
J. Christopher Williamson
(765) 246-6901

Energy Conservation Solutions Inc.
Bill Mentgen
2009 S CR 400 W
Greencastle IN 46135

Northeast Indiana:

Coplen Construction Inc.
Doug Harvey
475 Anchorage Rd, Suite 13
Warsaw IN 46580

D&S Builders, Inc.
Dennis R. DeMara
(260) 463-3252

Energy Conservation Solutions Inc.
Bill Mentgen
2009 S CR 400 W
Greencastle IN 46135

J.P. Building and Remodeling
Jason S. Pippenger
(260) 693-3145 or (260) 564-0143

Lakeland Construction Trades
Steve Sherck
0805 E 075 N
LaGrange IN 46761

RW Kidd Construction
John Kidd
(574) 529-0520

Signature Building & Design
David Johnson

Touchstone Energy Home Specifications

What makes a Touchstone Energy Home unique? Our high standards for energy efficiency. Here are some of the specifications that make these homes so efficient:

  • R-19 wall insulation minimum (materials to achieve R-19 are not specified)
  • R-42 attic insulation minimum (materials to achieve R-42 are not specified)
  • Conditioned crawlspace with perimeter R-10 insulation and moisture control
  • Double-pane, low-E windows and glass doors
  • Insulated exterior doors
  • Whole house infiltration control to help prevent air leaks
  • Externally vented exhaust systems in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Energy-efficient electric water heating with a .95 energy factor* or better (*50 gallon unit specification)
  • High-efficiency electric heat pump or geothermal unit
  • Mechanical ventilation to provide improved indoor air quality.

These specs are not inclusive of all program qualifications. Homes must be registered prior to construction start, blueprints submitted for review and builders trained in addition to all specs being verified by an approved HERS rater before a home can be program certified. To start the process, please contact the Energy Advisor at your electric co-op or Dan Phillips at

What HERS Scores Mean To Energy Efficiency

The HERS index is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. A lower rating means that your home is more efficient—and that it’s costing you less money.

If you’re wondering how Touchstone Energy Homes stack up, check out the chart below. Our homes are 49 percent more efficient than an average new home, and a whopping 79 percent more efficient than a typical resale home.

Watch the video below to see why you should always ask for the HERS index score.