Putting Energy to Work
For more than two decades, New Energy Builders of Colorado has focused on mixing quality with energy-efficient materials
New Energy Builders of Colorado, LLC is much more than just a 22-year-old family-owned contracting business. Since 1997, the Aurora-based company has been committed to custom design, specializing in new construction, renovation and tenant improvement for commercial and residential projects. Always seeking to find new and better ways to build—New Energy Builders is intent on putting quality and integrity first, and paying close attention to every detail of every project.
Expending Its Energy in the Right Places
What’s more, as a reliable and innovative general contractor, New Energy Builders focuses on using energy-efficient materials in building commercial projects as well as building custom homes and erecting steel buildings. To add to its long list of services, the company is a custom cabinet manufacturer as well.
Dan Newell, one of the founding brothers and current owner of New Energy Builders of Colorado, proudly explains, “We create custom homes and businesses, with a view to energy savings, with specialized products like BuildBlock ICF forms, steel buildings, solar and geothermal products, steel beam framing, and more. We incorporate custom interiors designed by us and approved by our clients.”
ICFs and Steel Result in Innovative Hybrid Systems
The company started doing Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) building years ago for its many advantages, including energy-efficiency, noise control, decreasing allergens and resistance to many natural disasters. One of the most durable and long-lasting building materials available today, ICFs are steel-reinforced concrete walls with foam insulation on both sides ready to be finished with brick, stone, siding, stucco or commercial products such as James Hardie Siding and EasyTrim Reveals Systems on the outside and sheetrock or any other interior finishes on the inside. And, contrary to the myths out there, ICFs provide excellent value (think lower utility bills and higher property values), can be easy to install (with a well-trained, experienced installer) and are good in all climates—among other advantages. New Energy Builders has actually started branching out to do more weather-resistant type building as a result of recent storms—from tornado activity, hurricanes, typhoon-related incidents as well as seismic activity, such as earthquakes and even wildfires. Between this aspect of the business and the steel erecting, Dan started to look toward incorporating a hybrid system, where the two building materials are combined. Since New Energy Builders is Federal Steel Systems’ official Builder for the Front Range, they have more versatility in planning and executing their projects.
Dan says, “We’ll use insulated concrete forms as a wall forming system, and a spider tie system in conjunction with a concrete roof to create a roof forming system, and it will all be connected as one solid shell. That’s an exciting area where our business is heading.”
Dan adds, “We have a few projects we’re developing incorporating these new systems, which ultimately save time and add tremendous value. We’re also getting interest from developers/investors as we’re thinking of starting our own green grid system (solar and wind) in conjunction with our energy-saving building projects, which will all be self-maintained.”
That level of vision and innovation is something that has allowed New Energy Builders to stand out in the crowded Colorado construction market. That, and the quality of their work—from building complex systems to providing custom cabinet work.
Quality and Diversification
Dan points out, too, that they self-perform almost 80% of their projects, making it critical that he only hires the absolute top people to work on his projects. He notes, “We want to grow our business but we also want to make sure that the quality aspects aren’t left behind. That is what our whole reputation hinges on. And, in fact, our quality and our ability to diversify our services is what saved us during the Recession. We were able to keep our doors open, even when others really struggled, because we could perform different types of work. It’s safe to say that I’ve been involved in most every trade that’s out there. As a GC, it’s helpful because that way you know what to look for in a good sub or employee and you can communicate well with them.”
If there’s one takeaway about New Energy Builders of Colorado, it’s that as a company it is meeting challenges and solving problems by truly thinking outside the box. From dabbling in some pre-engineer work and doing more design work to incorporating energy-saving hybrid systems, the New Energy Builders team finds that the more they know about every part of the process, the better quality they can provide their customers.