Today’s buyers know that choosing a home designed with energy efficiency in mind helps ensure that they will be more comfortable, have lower utility bills, and protect the environment.
But how can consumers figure out which home plans are truly energy efficient? You can make it simple for them. ENERGY STAR—the national symbol for energy efficiency—helps consumers identify efficient products, homes, and buildings. With the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR, residential architects and designers can show consumers that their home plans meet the rigorous energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program.
By partnering with ENERGY STAR, architectural design professionals can gain the following advantages:
Labeling your home plans as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR can distinguish you as a leader in energy-efficient design and environmental stewardship. Partnering with ENERGY STAR and using the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency can give prospective clients added confidence that their new home will be truly energy efficient when it is built. ENERGY STAR maintains specific guidelines (873KB) on how the Designed to Earn mark can be used.
Consumer demand for green homes is growing, and energy efficiency is a great place for you to start getting involved. The best way to show that your home plans are energy efficient is with the blue ENERGY STAR, which is increasingly recognized by consumers as the national symbol for energy efficiency.
A variety of “tried-and-true” energy-efficient features and equipment are available to ensure that your home plans meet Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR guidelines. These improvements can be easily integrated into your designs, layouts, and option packages.
The energy-efficient features specified in Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR home plans can translate into increased comfort and satisfaction for homeowners, which can lead to more referrals from customers who have bought and built from your plans.
By creating Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR home plans, you are responding to the American Institute of Architects' national call to help prevent greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable design.
Please note: Architects will not have full partnership rights until they have a set of plans reviewed and approved by a Home Energy Rater. Once the plans you submit are approved by a rater and EPA is notified, your partnership with the ENERGY STAR program will become active. Use the New Homes Partner Locator to find a rater in your area.