Congratulations RDA

March 15th, 2011

After a rigorous portfolio review, RDA has been selected as a Top 100 Residential Designer by Home and Design Portfolio for 2011.  We are featured in their 2011 directory and we have the most colorful spread in the magazine.  We have posted a copy of the article to our website at We want to thank all of our clients that have allowed us to design their homes over the past 10 years and we look forward to an incredible next 10 years.

Homes Built By Miller Custom Homes are Taxed at a Lesser Rate

January 13th, 2011

I’ve been telling my customers this is coming. well here it is!!!!

7 0ut of the last 7 homes we built in Virginia Beach qualify for this tax break.

Call us to get your qualifying green home.

Special Tax Rate Available for Certain Energy Efficient Buildings

A special tax rate is now available to qualified residential and commercial energy-efficient buildings. The special rate is 74 cents per $100 of assessed value – a 15-cent break from the regular rate of 89 cents per $100. The special rate applies only to the building, not to the land on which it is located.

Applications are available online at the Real Estate Assessor’s website at Printed applications also are available at the Planning Department’s Office of Permits and Inspections, 2405 Courthouse Drive, Building #2, Room 100, Virginia Beach, VA  23456, or call (757) 385-4621.

The approved application, plus the additional required information, should be submitted to the Office of Permits and Inspections for review, permit and inspection.  If the permit and inspection are approved, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued indicating compliance.  The owner will then bring the certificate to the Real Estate Assessor’s office for processing.

“The City of Virginia Beach is happy to offer this tax rate to our citizens and businesses as we continue to make strides toward becoming energy efficient,” said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

House Passes Home Star Bill to Create Jobs & Lower Families’ Energy Bills

May 19th, 2010

The U.S. House passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (HR 5019) today, legislation that will spur job growth in the construction, manufacturing, and retail industries by giving families incentives to make their homes more energy efficient. The measure is projected to create 168,000 jobs across the U.S. and save 3 million families an estimated $200-$500 per year over the next 10 years ($9.2 billion total) by making their homes more energy efficient.


1.09% Duct Leakage for House in Estates on the Lynnhaven

May 4th, 2010

We just finished our duct blast test for the green house we are building at The Estates on the Lynnhaven. See the letter from the rater from Sencon below. My customer is very happy.


The ductwork leakage results that I got from your project are outstanding! Technically speaking the total leakage is only 1.09%, to see how efficient this is I’m going to compare it to a very efficient new home and to the average house in the US.

The ductwork in this house will only leak:

  • 1/6th of the ductwork leakage allowed by energy Star or the upcoming energy code IECC 2009 when compared with efficient new homes.
  • 1/30th of the ductwork leakage in the average house in the USA.

I don’t see this kind of results very often

Daniel Cwik


ODU Presidents House Case Study Gets Published!

March 27th, 2010

Chuck Miller, President of Miller Custom Homes, is now a published author. Chuck and Co-author Dr. Michael J. Seiler, Professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate at Old Dominion University, joined forces to write a case study designed for use in a Principles of Real Estate class at ODU. The case study received much positive attention in the newspaper and its success encouraged the authors to submit their work to a nationally recognized journal. Their case study, “Building a Green Home Fit for a President” will be published in the Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education in December of 2010. JREPE is a publication of the American Real Estate Society ( and is read by academics and practitioners around the world. The cases published in this journal are used by countless universities.

Russ-Can’t Remember The Last Name- “The Customer Lost in Cyberspace”

March 21st, 2010

Last Tuesday I was in Richmond at the Pella Window Expo. While there I received an email from a gentleman who was interested in speaking to me about building a green home starting in the summer. Like most people these days  I want to be accessible all the time so my email is sent to my phone so I can provide a quick response.

This time the technology failed me. My phone somehow deleted that email! I figured I could retreive it when I got home from the big computer, but it is gone. Lost forever.

It seems that we are improving technology more and more these days until it just isn’t worth a darn.

What happens to these emails when the disappear?

More importantly does this customer think I am not interested in speaking to him?

So if Russ is out there, please forgive me. I am not ignoring you. I just lost you by accident. Give me a call I’d love to speak to you.

Please join me at the TBA Membership Mingle

March 12th, 2010

Tidewater Builders Association will hold its first free “Membership Mingle” from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in the picnic area behind the main building at 2117 Smith Ave. in Chesapeake.

This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with colleagues in a low-key, casual setting. As hosts, the TBA Membership Committee will provide drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs, but associate and builder members are encouraged to bring their own coolers of beverages, snacks to share or outdoor games, and stake out a spot on the TBA turf. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome.

Although the event is free, please let us know no later than April 5 if you’re planning to attend by calling or e-mailing Stacey Turner, director of membership and member services, at 305-9042 or You can also register on the TBA Web site ( by clicking on events.

The more the merrier, so if you know other folks who would enjoy this outing, please forward this invitation.  Hope to see you at the Mingle!

Sustainable Living Fair at Waterside, Norfolk

February 28th, 2010

Please come visit me at the “Sustainable Living Fair” at the Norfolk Waterside. There are all kinds of vendors discussing how to go green and live a healthier life. The turn out was great yesterday.

Chuck Miller Speaking at TW Perry Annual Green Building Workshop

February 25th, 2010

TW Perry in Rockville, Maryland, is having their Annual Expo today and they have been gracious enough to have me speak about green building. Also speaking are nationally recognized speakers Peter Yost and Peter Pfeiffer. I had dinner with everyone last night and enjoyed some great conversation. I look forward to this morning.

Chuck Miller To Lecture At ODU-On Green Building-Again

January 28th, 2010

Chuck Miller will be a guest lecturer at Old Dominion University on January 28, 2010. He will be discussing “The Anatomy of a Green Home” what it means to be green, what it takes to build green. Students will not only be present in a face-to-face setting, but 55 more will be attending via satellite and video streaming from across the country and even in ships in the Middle East. This is the second time Chuck has been a guest speaker.

The case study that Chuck and Dr. Michael J. Seiler (Professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate and Economic Development at ODU) wrote has been reviewed and is almost ready to be published in a Monograph on Green Building and Sustainable Real Estate . The case describes ODU’s decision to rebuild the university president’s house and to what extent the house should be green.