EcoSmart Homes (ESH) is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado and was formed in August 2009 to become the leading home performance upgrade (HPU) business in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions of the United States. Our management team has over 50 years of collective experience in green building and home energy retrofit construction. Eric Doub, Founder and CEO, is known throughout the industry as a pioneer, leader and charismatic proponent of energy savings and ways to protect the environment.
EcoSmart has benefitted greatly through the experiences of its parent company, Ecofutures, Inc. Since its inception in 1994, Ecofutures has become a nationally-known leader in the design and construction of high-performance, energy-efficient, award-winning homes. Among other achievements, Ecofutures is credited with constructing the first verifiable, zero net energy custom residence in a cold climate in the United States called Solar Harvest (completed in 2005). Solar Harvest is the first custom home in a cold climate in North America to prove zero net energy performance, where the energy systems are on the house and produce as much as the home consumes. This was achieved for only 8% more in construction costs. Prior to the launch of EcoSmart Homes, Ecofutures completed over 110 retrofits of existing homes in Colorado, including several that achieved near-zero net energy status.
We’re an innovative company that has been on the leading edge of new products and services in the HPU industry. We were part of the beta team that helped develop the Recurve software that became the industry standard for home energy auditors across the US. We’re one of the core contractors that Xcel Energy recommends for Home Energy Audits and Improvements.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
This group is in formation and will bring the one-stop solution to commercial properties under 200,000 SF, where 75% of the commercial sector’s energy is used.
Ecofutures, Inc. has been a BBB Accredited Business since August 2004 and has maintained a BBB Rating of A+ on a scale from A+ to F with zero complaints. EcoSmart Homes has been a BBB Accredited Business since August 2011. We fully support the BBB’s services to the public and meet their BBB Accreditation standards. View our profile on the BBB website.
Colorado Green Building Guild (Founding Member)
Ecofutures, Inc. was a Founding Member of the Boulder Green Building Guild (BGBG), an association of building professionals dedicated to promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. Now called the Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG), they strive to advance the craft of green building; support their members’ environmentally-responsible endeavors; provide effective volunteer opportunities; and be the focal point for communication on green building. Their vision is to empower people to build healthy, resource-efficient communities.
Colorado Renewable Energy Society
We are members of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), a nonprofit membership organization that works to increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and serves as a leading resource in providing renewable energy information to the people of Colorado to support the sensible adoption of these technologies by Colorado businesses and consumers.
We are an ENERGY STAR Partner and build 100% of our homes following – and usually surpassing – federally-set standards for energy efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technology program, Builder’s Challenge, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program for ENERGY STAR-Qualified Homes. The Builder’s Challenge is based on HERS ratings – a projected and verified standard for energy efficiency. The Challenge requires that homes achieve a score of HERS 70 or below. As Colorado’s leading green home builder, our homes regularly score HERS 20 or below on all new homes, and in two homes have verified performance of HERS -3.
Energy Efficiency Business Coalition
We are members of the EEBC, a trade organization that gives more than 100 energy efficiency businesses the tools for growth and successful development through professional education and building a strong market space. They provide an industry voice for policy & programs and distribute regional market information.
Energy & Environmental Building Association
To provide education and resources to transform the residential design, development, construction and remodeling industries to profitably deliver energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities. One of their best programs is Houses That Work – classes designed to help building professionals benefit from understanding the house-as-a-system regardless of what climate zone or the number/size of the homes they build.
EfficiencyFirst.org (Founding Members)
Ecofutures’ Eric Doub helped to found Efficiency First, a national nonprofit trade association that unites the Home Performance workforce, building product manufacturers and related businesses and organizations in the escalating fight against global warming and rising energy costs. Efficiency First represents its members in public policy discussions at the state and national levels, to promote the benefits of efficiency retrofitting and to help our industry grow to meet unprecedented demand for quality residential energy improvements.
LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
US Green Building Council
We are longtime members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.