Most builders will tell you that they build energy-efficient homes. But builders whose homes earn the ENERGY STAR back up their claims. ENERGY STAR certified homes are inspected and tested by an independent Home Energy Rater to meet EPA's new and more rigorous guidelines for energy efficiency.
The builder's construction crews know that their work will be tested for performance, quality, and attention to detail. Home Energy Raters inspect insulation installation, perform tightness tests on the home's envelope and duct system, and ensure that all energy-efficient features and equipment are properly installed in your new home.
Photo of Man Conducting Blower Door Test: A blower door test evaluates the leakiness of the house.
Photo of Man Conducting Duct Blaster Test: A duct blaster test evaluates the leakiness of the duct system.
Photo of Infrared Camera in Use: Many Home Energy Raters use infrared cameras to pinpoint areas where heat and cold can escape from a home so they can be sealed and properly insulated by the builder.
With new and more rigorous EPA guidelines to earn the label, ENERGY STAR certified homes are quieter and more comfortable than ever, have lower utility bills, and help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Look for a home with the ENERGY STAR, the government-backed symbol for superior energy efficiency.
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