Potterhill Homes Does Energy Efficiency Better!

Posted By on October 12, 2016

Potterhill Does Energy Efficiency better:

Building a new home with superior energy saving features shouldn’t cost more- it should just save more.

Maybe it’s our German engineering roots, but we can’t seem to stop improving upon our building process. At Potterhill, we’ve built hundreds of homes with dozens of variations on energy efficient improvements. We are constantly trying to improve the energy efficiency of our homes because it’s the way we would want our own homes built. We pay particular attention to the Return on Investment for every energy upgrade we include in our standard features to make sure that our home buyers are getting the best bang for their buck.

Our homes are built to keep energy costs down, reduce waste during construction and improve indoor air quality. We focus on solid construction, sound use of space and ecological responsibility. In fact, the average new Potterhill home will save the homeowner over $1,900 each year ( = $158 per month!) on energy bills when compared to an existing home. That same Potterhill home will save its owner $1,100 per year when compared to another new home built by another builder! (Source: HERS rating provided by Green NRG, LLC taken on an average 1,800 sq ft home)*.

Green is not a fad. It is a responsible way to build and Potterhill Homes is committed to the cause for the long haul. Some day, all homes will be built to this standard. But, with Potterhill Homes, “some day” is today.

Here are just a few of the standard features we put into our homes to make sure they are the most energy efficient homes available on the market today:

2 x 6 Advanced Framing wall construction

Recommended construction method by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA’s EnergyStar Certification program. Allows for a reduction in thermal bridging and an increase in the available room for insulation, resulting in lower energy costs for occupants. The exterior building envelope is the single most important area on which to focus if you want a home with superior energy efficiency like every Potterhill home.

95.5%+ high efficiency furnaces  

help lower utility bills. Most builders use an 90% furnace as standard.


Blown cellulous insulation

Made from recycled newspapers, it saves big money on heating and cooling and improves indoor air quality by inhibiting mold growth. Also acts as a draft stopper, and a sound barrier, reducing outside noise in the home and noise between rooms.

Potterhill homes have an R-21 wall insulation value, compared to most other builders R-13 or R-15 insulation values. This equates to $$$ savings each and every month on energy bills.*

Low-e EnergyStar™ Rated windows

minimize the UV that enters the home. They keep heat out during the summer and keep heat in during the winter and also act as a sunscreen for your furniture and upholstery. They meet the stringent EnergyStar™ requirements for a better built window.

Low volatile organic compound (VOC’s) paints               

Reduce the cancer-causing toxins and other pollutants released by traditional wall paint. Using low VOC paints improves indoor air quality and minimizes the potential health risk.


Programmable thermostats

cycle to automatically adjust the temperature for the most efficient heating and cooling. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.


A Geothermal Heating and cooling system

while not standard, is a popular upgrade. And for good reason.  Geothermal systems use the earth’s constant core temperature to heat and cool your home.  The result is an environmentally friendly system that saves you up to 50% on your utility bill if you home is all-electric (with no natural gas available). The upgrade cost adds about $80 a month to your mortgage bill, but the energy savings is usually more than that.  So, the system saves you from day one. Ask a Potterhill Homes representative for more information on how geothermal can save you thousands.

Through December 31, 2016 homeowners who install ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit.


Photovoltaic (solar) panels

This optional upgrade can help Potterhill homes achieve Zero Energy Costs. Solar Panels or Photovoltaic Systems are solar cells that capture light energy from the sun and convert it directly into electricity.

In a home that is “Zero Energy Cost”, the actual cost of purchasing energy is offset by the income generated from selling Solar Renewable Energy Credits back to the power company.

At the end of a given year, the homeowner will have paid little or no money toward energy bills.  Potterhill Homes has installed more solar panels than any other local area builder.

Through December 31, 2016 homeowners who install qualified photovoltaic systems are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit.

All Potterhill Homes are ENERGYSTAR® rated**

Potterhill Homes Average HERS rating: 58

A HERS rating is a measure of energy use in a home. A HERS rating of 100 represents the energy use of a home built to the American Standard Energy Code from 2006. A HERS rating of 0 indicates that the building purchases no energy (“Off the Grid” Building). The lower the rating, the more energy efficient the home. Potterhill Homes range from 22 – 72, and we’re continually improving those ratings.

Some day, all homes will be required to have a HERS rating done prior to sale or resale.

What is an Energy Rating?

Measurement of how energy efficient your home is

the HERS Index score estimates the energy efficiency of a home that is being constructed or renovated

Benefits of an Energy Rating

Helps you calculate the true cost of homeownership (it’s not just all about mortgage payments!)

Could put you on the path to increasing your home’s resale value

Improve the overall comfort of your home

Ensures a quality built home

Visit www.Resnet.us for more details on energy ratings

LEED Certified new homes

While Potterhill Homes does not certify every new home, we are one of the leading builders in Ohio of homes that achieve LEED Certification. LEED is a nationally recognized green-building certification program run by the US Green Building Council.

If you’re building a new home in the City of Cincinnati’s limits, LEED really pays! LEED qualified new homes built in Cincinnati are eligible for a 15-year property tax abatement. That savings is worth approximately $74,000 on a home valued at $250,000!


The Premier Collection- Potterhill Homes Newest Line of Homes

Posted By on October 13, 2014

Did you know that Potterhill Homes now has a collection of Larger homes called The Premier Collection?
This collection features larger home plans with distinctive architecture, superior energy efficiency and prices from the $250′s to the $800′s.

With 5 home plans to pick from, you are bound to find the one that fits what you are looking for. Featuring floorplans 2,100- 5,000 square feet, these homes are ideal for large community lots or building on your own land.


With houses this beautiful what are you waiting for? Call one of our Market Managers today to tour a Premier Collection Home

Vicki Painter (Central and Eastern Cincinnati)  513-575-4475

Caroline Kilbane (Northern Cincinnati) 513-899-2054

Amy Kennedy (Northern Kentucky) 859-448-0581


New Construction in Blue Ash

Posted By on May 28, 2014

New Construction in Blue Ash  Occupancy in June

The Ford

* 2-story

* over 2100 sq ft

* 3 bdrm with Loft

* 2.5 bath


New Construction in Blue Ash  Occupancy in June

The Ford

* 2-story

* over 2100 sq ft

* 3 bdrm with Loft

* 2.5 bath


The Ford 


* Sunroom
* Study
* Gas Fireplace
* Hardi Panel Siding
* Concrete back patio
* Carriage Style garage doors
* Granite Kitchen countertops
* Hardwood in 1st floor but study

For a Private Viewing Contact  

Susan Hollon 
513-248-4428, ext. 13


Citirama 2014 Groundbreaking June 3rd

Posted By on May 28, 2014

Citirama 2014

Witherby Meadows

College Hill

The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, is proud to present the 12th Citirama Sept. 13-21, 2014.

The location will be at Witherby Meadows in the historic College Hill neighborhood.

Witherby Meadows is located off of Connecticut Avenue, less than a mile from the College Hill Business District (at North Bend Road and Hamilton Avenue). The new urban community will consist of 24 single family homes on cul-de-sac streets.

Potterhill homes will once again participate in CitiRama, and we will build on lot 14.  The show home is available for pre-sale and is priced in the mid $200,000′s.

Best of all, the home will qualify for a 15 year property tax abatement and be LEED Certified.

Homebuyers who purchase show homes get all of the benefit of a professional interior designer to help design their very own home!

Features of the show home will include:

  • hardwood floors
  • granite countertops (or quartz countertops) and stainless steel appliances
  • stone fireplace
  • Odyssey Plus®: Premium Vinyl Siding
  • a full front porch

Potterhill Homes also includes many standard features such as:

  • 2 x 6 Advanced Framing wall construction for superior energy efficiency
  • Blown Cellulose Insulation
  • R-21 wall insulation value (compared to R-13 or R-15 of other builders)
  • A Home Energy Rating report for every home showing the overall energy savings
  • EnergyStar Certified homes that are on average 30- 50% more energy efficient than other new homes
  • 9′ first floor ceilings
  • 36″ kitchen cabinets (minimum)
  • Craftsman style architecture
  • High Efficiency Light Bulbs (where available by fixture)

Contact Vicki Painter at 513-616-9396 or Vpainter@PotterhillHomes.com for more information on Witherby Meadows and all of the available home plans Potterhill can build for you.


10 Reasons to Build New vs Buy Old

Posted By on March 19, 2014

Ten Reasons

build new vs buy used

1. Get Exactly What You Want
When you build your own home, you’re tailoring the house to your life, rather than the other way around. You get to choose the finishes, location of bedrooms and baths to the number of closets. In the existing home market, you’re limited to what’s available – which, given today’s low inventories, might mean settling for a less than ideal layout.

2. Build Where You Want
Building your own home untethers you from established neighborhoods and cookie-cutter developments. Why limit yourself? Potterhill Homes can build on land you own, or in one of our many subdivisions.

3. No Need to Enter the Bidding Wars for Existing Houses
In some areas, the competition for existing homes is red hot and you may find yourself having to offer more money than you anticipated to even be considered by the seller.

4. New Homes are More Energy Efficient
Tighter building envelopes, better insulation, advanced framing techniques, and much more mean a new home has lower energy costs. You also have the opportunity to put in efficient appliances, and even alternative systems like geothermal heat pumps. Did you know Potterhill Homes has the guaranteed lowest energy bills around?

5. Nothing to Clean Up From the Previous Owners
Peeling paint, most, rust, mildew…do you really want a big cleaning project on your hands before you can even move in? Granted, these are issues that can be addressed in a contract, but with a new home you know that everything’s, well, new.

6. No Expensive Kitchen or Bath Remodels Necessary
Remodeling isn’t cheap. An existing home may seem like a bargain, but one you factor in the cost of opening up the kitchen or re-doing that dated bathroom…is it really worth it? With a new home, it’s right from the beginning.

7. Your House, Your Priorities
Want a large island in your kitchen? A sunroom? A three-car garage? Pick a design that boasts your favorite amenities now, instead of trying to fit them into an existing home later.

8. No Lead Paint or Asbestos
In fact, in a new home you can choose practially every material that’s used, from natural-fiber carpet to low-VOC paint.

9. Build for Cost Savings From the Beginning
Lower Energy bills: Potterhill Homes are built to keep energy costs down. In fact, the average new Potterhill Home will save the homeowner over $1,900 each year (= $158 per month!) on energy bills when compared to an existing home.

10. Have a Unique Style
Certain architectural styles might be uncommon in your area. Build New, and you can make your own unique vision a reality.

Our housing consultants are experts in helping homebuyers get exactly
what they want in their new home. Contact one of them today!

Contact one of our New Home Representatives
Vicki Painter
(Eastern & Central Cincinnati)
Email Vicki

Caroline Kilbane
(Northern Cincinnati)
Email Caroline

Amy Kennedy
(Northern Kentucky)
Email Amy

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About Potterhill Homes

Cincinnati-based Potterhill Homes is a premier builder of affordable, environmentally friendly homes in Greater Cincinnati. Our homes are built with traditional Cincinnati architectural styles and are perfect for both urban infill and suburban development. To learn more about Potterhill Homes,visit www.potterhillhomes.com.

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As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+