• About Our Company

    It's a simple, time tested formula. Quality, commitment, and experience provide value.

    Quality

    We provide quality service to our customers by obtaining the best training, using the best equipment, and being supported by the best people in the industry.

    Commitment

    RESNET HERS Rater. Trained at Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta. Member of the 2011 inaugural Passive House Institute- US (PHIUS) Rater certification class. Energy Star Partner, LEED 4 Homes Green Rater training. RESNET Combustion Safety Training. Member of the Roanoke Regional Home Builder's Association, Professional Enrichment Committee member.

    Experience

    HERS Rater since 2006. Earthcraft Technical Advisor since 2008. Over 100 Energy Star projects certified. Tested the 2013 LEED Single Family Home of the Year. Certified 6 of the 10 most Energy Efficient homes for Earthcraft Virginia in 2014. Certified 1st Energy Star Version 3 home in Virginia. Prior PHIUS and LEED 4 Homes certification experience. Support and trained in the Watersense, Indoor Airplus, and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes initiatives/programs. Certified multiple Multifamily Renovation projects for Low Income Housing Tax Credits, through Viridiant representing over 700 units. Multiple presentations to the Roanoke Regional Home Builder's Association and other community groups on topics relating to energy efficiency.

    Personal

    Wheat Energy, Inc. is a family owned corporation. I'm Leo Watkins. Rater and President. I've lived in and loved the Roanoke Valley all my life. This is home. Because of that love, I've dedicated my life to serving. Earlier as a paramedic, and through a 27 year career in law enforcement. Now as a HERS Rater. Not as exciting, but equally rewarding. Our region is unique in the opportunities and diversity it offers builders. And it is an exciting time to be involved. You see it in the builders who use our services. Whether building high efficiency homes demanded by architects and engineers from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, single family homes for 1st time home owners in Roanoke thru Habitat for Humanity,  or luxurious homes at Smith Mountain Lake - they all have one thing in common. A commitment to quality. And I'm both honored and humbled they trust Wheat Energy to help them meet their goals. Let us show you why. Contact us today.