Rheia for builders
Save Time. Same Money. Save Energy.
Builders consistently face challenges with stricter codes, labor shortages and increasing cycle times. The Rheia air distribution system resolves all three when it comes to HVAC concerns, while providing a more energy efficient system that is cost-competitive.
45L Tax Credit Incentives.
The 45L tax credit has been extended through 2032 to incentivize builders to deliver higher energy-efficient homes. As of January 1st, 2023, a $2500 tax credit is available for homes that meet the ENERGY STAR 3.1 requirements, and a $5,000 tax credit for homes that meet the DOE Certified Zero Energy Ready Program requirements. A certified energy rater is required to validate a home's performance. Learn more about how Rheia can play an essential part in compliance requirements.
Find a Rheia-Trained HVAC Designer.
Rheia has trained a number of HVAC design companies who are well-versed in the best practices needed to convert your floor plans to Rheia cost-effectively. They are ready to work with you in any market across the US and Canada. Start here to locate a Rheia-pro HVAC design company near you.
Maintaining the Rheia System.
For homebuyers, ensuring good indoor air quality is a growing need when buying a new house. The benefits are clear, but there are misconceptions about the HVAC system's role in indoor air quality. In reality, HVAC supply ducts rarely need to be cleaned, and having a duct cleaning professional inspect the interior of the ductwork, combined with air quality testing, should always be the first course of action. Builders can be proactive during construction. to ensure homebuyers don't move into a dusty environment. Homeowners can actively maintain their HVAC system by regularly replacing air filters, using good-quality filters, and following these cleaning guidelines.
Benefits To Builders
- Improves cycle time by reducing rough-in installation time by up to 50%
- Meets code requirements mandating ductwork to be located within the building envelope
- Reduced equipment size for air-conditioned spaces speeds installation time and improves comfort
- Improves HERS ratings
- Improves eligibility for state and federal tax incentives such as 45L
- Significant improvements in measurable comfort
- Surpasses duct leakage requirements
- Decreases HVAC job site waste by as much as 75%
Roadmap To Success
At Rheia, our collaborative process involves a home’s builder, its architect, its contractors and its sales team.
In August 2021 due to supply chain issues and a strained labor force, Pulte Homes in Minneapolis, MN set a goal to close on over 200 homes by the end of the year. Pulte, and their contractor were looking for labor reductions in production cycle time, without increasing costs