All of our homes are built to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home standard with the goal of achieving a net-zero energy community.

Our goal is to provide a greater diversity of housing choice with small homes that anyone can afford, including recent college graduates with student loan debt and retirees on a fixed income. We also hold a strong dedication to our local communities. We have committed to purchase at least 50% of our core products from independent, local suppliers between Hickory and Boone, NC. We are also committed to serving at least 75% local and independent homebuyers.

We are building towards a sustainable future where everyone has a safe, healthy place to call home. Proving that Sustainable is Attainable!


Howard Building Science is proving that high performance, sustainable housing is attainable, with low energy bills and healthy air quality, while building at a reasonable cost to help grow middle income housing for our neighbors.

All of our homes are Zero energy ready, which basically means that they are certified as being energy efficient with healthy air quality. In addition to that, we're working with Pearl Certification to help promote all of the benefits of certified homes.

Howard Building Science helps promote all of the benefits of certifying our homes to make sure that our buyers understand all the benefits of the homes and what makes them unique, and ultimately better than the average home that is simply just built to code.

We believe that everyone deserves to live in the SHADE:
a Sustainable, Healthy, Affordable, Durable, Efficient home.

Why Choose Us?

We are committed to excellence in every aspect of our work — from the materials and equipment we use, to the professionals we hire, and the entire customer experience we provide. But don’t just take our word for it.

Our Homes Are Pearl Certified

Many builders say they’re high-quality, but very few can actually back it up with the muster of a reputable third-party verifier. That’s why we’re proud to belong to the elite Pearl Network. Pearl Certification is a national firm that qualifies an elite network of professionals who certify high- performing homes — homes that are healthy, comfortable, resilient, and energy efficient.

Why It Matters to You

Only the top builders in the country qualify for Pearl’s network of high-quality, vetted professionals who can certify their work with Pearl — and we are one of them. In other words, when you choose us, you can rest easy knowing your home is in great hands.

The Results

You sit back and enjoy the increased comfort and lower utility bills from your high-performing home, and Pearl provides a Certification Report highlighting the added value of your investment. Pearl also works with real estate professionals who ensure your high-performing home is properly marketed and valued if and when you decide to sell or refinance. When marketed correctly, Pearl Certified homes can sell faster and for more! Contact us today at info@howardbuildingscience.com to learn more about how a Pearl Certified home can benefit you now and well into the future.