For years, the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and Energy Star New Homes Program Partners have worked with homebuilders’ associations and homebuilder companies to support the construction and testing of new homes built to Energy Star standards. Any home three stories or less can earn the Energy Star label if it has been verified to meet the guidelines set forth by the EPA. This includes single family, attached, and low-rise multi-family homes; manufactured homes; systems-built homes (SIP, ICF or modular construction); log homes; concrete homes; and existing homes that are retrofitted.
All certified new homes receive the Energy Star label to allow for simple identification by area homebuyers. It’s also part of the marketing and active support that participating homebuilders may receive as part of the program. To earn the Energy Star label, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the International Residential Code (IRC) and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.
Information for Homebuilders
- Review the Energy Star New Homes Program requirements, and visit the Energy Star New Homes website to familiarize and educate yourself about the Energy Star label. Your local GEO Program Partner will be able to give you more information about how your area is participating and how you can take part. Attend trainings and events facilitated by the local Program Partner. These trainings may be focused towards different areas including building science, marketing & sales, realtors, home energy raters, architects, trade contractors, appraisers, lenders, and consumers at no cost to you.
- Register as an Energy Star Partner at the Energy Star website, and integrate the construction techniques and systems from the trainings provided to build an Energy Star New Home. Now, you can start building Energy Star New Homes. Engage a local HERS Rater to certify & label your new homes. Homebuilders need to proactively engage a local HERS rater during the design/building process to maximize efficiency and to achieve an Energy Star label. Find lists of HERS raters at the Energy Star website and at the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) website.
- Market and sell your new homes. US Environmental Protection Agency provides free marketing & sales materials (logos, brochures, document templates, etc) to all participating Energy Star homebuilders. Contact your local utility company to determine if you qualify for additional rebates.