The decision to buy an ENERGY STAR certified new home is a decision to invest in a home you can count on.

Every New ENERGY STAR Home Includes These Features

  1. A complete Thermal Enclosure System
    • Air Sealing
    • Properly Installed Insulation
    • High-Performance Windows
  2. A Complete Heating and Cooling System
    • Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment that is properly sized
    • Proper Design and Quality Installation Practices that is fully engineered and tested
    • Whole-House Mechanical Ventilation that has a constant source of fresh, filtered air
  3. A Complete Water Management System
    • Water-Managed Construction details to effectively drain water from the roofs, walls and foundation
  4. Energy-Efficient Lighting and Appliances
  5. Third-Party Verification
    • ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo more inspections and testing than a typical code built home. Third-party verification by a certified ENERGY Rater (or equivalent) is required to ensure that a home meets the EPA’s ENERGY STAR guidelines.

Steps to finding your ENERGY STAR home

Step 1: Builder Chooses to Partner with ENERGY STAR
Through a Partnership Agreement with EPA, builders that meet the required above code standards as independently verfied by a Home Energy Rater will receive an ENERGY STAR rating and certificate for that home. It is important for consumers to recognize that an ENERGY STAR builder partner does not necessarily build exclusively ENERGY STAR qualified homes. Ask your builder or look for the ENERGY STAR label.
Step 2: Builder Works with the Rater to Select Appropriate Energy–Efficient Home Features
The builder submits their architectural plans to their Home Energy Rater for review and analysis. The Rater looks for key energy efficient components and a combination of materials and equipment that will deliver the best performance to ensure that the home will earn the ENERGY STAR label.
Step 3: Builder Constructs Home and Rater Verifies Features and Performance.
With the energy–efficient features selected, the builder then proceeds with construction of the home. Throughout the construction process, the Rater performs a number of inspections and diagnostic tests to verify the proper installation of the selected energy–efficient features and overall energy performance of the home.
Step 4: Rater Qualifies the Home as ENERGY STAR and Issues an ENERGY STAR Label
After the Rater completes the final inspection and determines that all requirements have been met, the Rater will provide the builder with an ENERGY STAR label, which is placed on the circuit breaker box of the home.  This label provides the homeowner with documentation that the home is ENERGY STAR qualified, and includes the home address, builder name, Rater name, and date verified.  Some builders may also provide a paper certificate or copy of the Home Energy Rating report.
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