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Benefits for Homeowners
Peace of Mind: Tried-and-true best building practices followed by independent inspections and testing from certified professionals mean that you can be confident that things were done right.
Enduring Quality: Value-adding energy efficiency features and a combination of materials and equipment deliver better performance and an overall superior level of quality.
Wall-to-Wall Comfort: You’ll see, feel, and hear the difference of a heating and cooling system that has been engineered and installed to efficiently deliver comfort. Enjoy consistent temperatures across every room and a
constant supply of fresh, filtered air reducing indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens.
Proven Value: Better energy efficiency and performance means lower utility and maintenance costs. ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.
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Complete Thermal Enclosure System
Comprehensive air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high–performance windows work together to enhance comfort, improve durability, reduce maintenance costs, and lower monthly utility bills. Learn more about a complete thermal enclosure system in this
fact sheet (PDF, 7.86KB).
By using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating, ENERGY STAR certified homes deliver at least 10% savings on annual utility bills. Over the 7 to 8 years that a typical family lives in a home, you can save thousands of dollars in utility costs.
Properly Installed Insulation
It's not just the amount of insulation; it's the quality of installation that makes all the difference. Proper installation includes careful placement to eliminate gaps, voids, and compression; complete air barriers that prevent air from bypassing the insulation; and building techniques that minimize heat flow through framing. This ensures consistent temperatures throughout the house or apartment, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.
Advanced technologies, like protective coatings and improved frames, help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. They also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
High-Efficiency Heating & Cooling
High–efficiency systems are engineered and installed to deliver more comfort, better moisture control, improved indoor air quality, and quieter operation. Learn more about a complete heating and cooling system in this
fact sheet (PDF, 1.83MB).
Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
Look for higher efficiency equipment that delivers premium performance. This equipment uses less energy, operates at reduced noise levels, and often comes with extended warranty coverage.
Proper Design and Quality Installation Practices
The heating and cooling systems in ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are designed and installed in accordance with industry-accepted best practices and subject to independent review and inspection.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
The living space in ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are served by ventilation systems that continuously exchange indoor air with outdoor air to reduce the indoor air pollutants in your home. Systems are also installed in bathrooms and kitchens to more rapidly remove moisture and cooking contaminants that can be harmful to occupant health and to the durability of your home.
* Applies to installation of ventilating systems and the most common types of heating and cooling systems in new homes.
Water Protection System
A comprehensive package of best building practices and materials protects roofs, walls, and foundations from water damage and helps ensure durability and prevent moisture-related indoor air quality problems. Learn more about a complete water management system in this
fact sheet (PDF, 3.51MB).
Water–Managed Construction Details
Tried–and–true building practices, such as flashing, moisture barriers, and heavy–duty membranes, are employed to effectively drain water from the roofs, walls, and foundations of ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments.
Proper storage and selection of materials helps prevent water– and mold–damaged materials in ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments.
Efficient Lighting & Appliances
ENERGY STAR certified lighting, appliances, and fans can be found throughout an ENERGY STAR home, helping to reduce monthly utility bills, while providing high–quality performance. Learn more about energy-efficient lighting and appliances in this
fact sheet (PDF, 1.55MB).
ENERGY STAR certified fixtures and bulbs come in many shapes and sizes. This gives home buyers a wide range of lighting choices that allow them to create the atmosphere they want for their homes. ENERGY STAR lighting offers significant cost savings and longer lifetimes than standard products.
ENERGY STAR Certified Appliances
Household appliances account for nearly 11 percent of energy use in an average house. A comprehensive package of ENERGY STAR certified appliances can reduce energy costs, while offering improved performance, quality, and durability. ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments often include ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, ceiling fans, and ventilation fans.
Independent Inspections & Tests
The label that comes with every ENERGY STAR certified home may look small. It measures just three by five inches. But what it stands for is really big. It means that a home has undergone a better process of independent inspections and testing to ensure it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Learn more about independent inspections and testing in this fact sheet (PDF, 1.91MB).
How New Homes Earn the ENERGY STAR
A home that meets EPA's strict energy efficiency requirements achieves this level of performance through a complete package of building science-based energy efficiency systems and measures that are third–party verified by a Home Energy Rater. Many steps are taken by the builder and Rater during design and construction to ensure all ENERGY STAR requirements are met and verified.
STEP 1: Builder or Developer Becomes an ENERGY STAR Partner
Through a partnership with ENERGY STAR, a builder or multifamily developer commits to constructing and verifying homes/apartments to meet all of ENERGY STAR’s strict energy efficiency requirements. The builder or developer also selects an Energy Rating Company to work with to certify their homes or apartments.
STEP 2: Builder or Developer Selects Energy Efficiency Features
The builder/developers submits their architectural plans to their Energy Rating Company (ERC) for review and analysis. The ERC and/or energy modeler looks for key information on the plans to help the builder choose the best combination of energy-efficient features to ensure that the home will earn the ENERGY STAR label when constructed. For most single-family homes and apartment buildings, the design team and ERC will select a custom energy efficiency approach using specialized energy modeling software. For manufactured homes and some multifamily buildings, the design team will rely on a prescriptive package of energy efficiency features developed by EPA. For a home to be truly energy efficient, its design and construction must consider local conditions. Energy Rating Companies’ verification staff are trained in climate-specific energy savings techniques, and their knowledge and field experience helps ENERGY STAR builder and developer partners select the most energy-efficient features.
STEP 3: Builder/Developer Constructs Home and Rater Performs Field Verification and Quality Assurance
With the energy-efficient features selected, the builder/developer proceeds with home construction. The Energy Rating Company conducts onsite inspections and testing* during and after construction to ensure rigorous ENERGY STAR requirements are met. Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR typically undergo significantly more systems engineering, inspections, and testing than home built to code. This extensive and detailed verification process identifies and corrects mistakes that may impact a home’s energy efficiency before they become problems and holds builders accountable to higher standards. The process typically includes a blower door test to measure whole-house air leakage and a duct blaster test to measure air duct leakage. During the inspection process, the Energy Rating Company utilizes a set of comprehensive ENERGY STAR checklists designed to deliver better efficiency, comfort, quality, and durability.
STEP 4: Rater Certifies the Home and Issues an ENERGY STAR Label
After the Energy Rating Company (ERC) completes the final site inspection and determines that all ENERGY STAR requirements have been met, their team will provide the builder/developer with the ENERGY STAR label, which is typically placed on the circuit breaker box of a home or apartment. This label is proof that the home is ENERGY STAR certified, and includes the home address, builder/developer name, ERC name, and date verified. The blue ENERGY STAR label makes it simple for homebuyers and renters to choose truly comfortable and energy efficient new homes and apartments.
*Builders and developers who have demonstrated an ability to consistently meet ENERGY STAR requirements may have homes that meet certain eligibility criteria certified based on tests and inspections performed on a sample of the