Growing a Business

January/February 2002
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2002 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2002
        A business that is exploring new technologies and attempting to provide new products and services encounters obstacles—and rewards.That is what we discovered when we founded our home design, construction, and materials distribution business, Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., in 1978. Our staff began as three family members and a couple of part-time workers.Twentythree years later we have 12 employees and provide materials and designs for 20–25 homes each year.         We view ourselves as partners with the client and the builder, sharing the mutual goal of providing a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Our success in achieving this goal can be measured by the HERS ratings we have received. Many of the homes we help design and build, such as those that are required to be rated in order for the home buyer to receive an energy efficiency mortgage, undergo HERS rating. Of the 34 homes that were HERS rated from 1988 to 2000, all were given five-star or five-star plus ratings. Our company has received recognition among its peers, and ten of its homes have received National Energy Value Housing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. ...

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