Each ENERGY STAR certified new home is independently verified to be at least 15% more energy efficient than a home built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and features additional measures that deliver a total energy efficiency improvement of up to 30 percent compared to a typical new home.
To become ENERGY STAR partners or maintain partnership, certain training requirements must be met including:
Building and labeling ENERGY STAR certified homes is only the first step for partners. To extend the value of your partnership, you should educate prospective homebuyers about the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR. As an ENERGY STAR partner, you have access to a variety of resources at no cost.
ENERGY STAR for New Homes provides educational resources for partners, including:
ENERGY STAR for New Homes provides free webinars and guided presentations that help partners understand ENERGY STAR for New Homes requirements and to succeed in building and selling ENERGY STAR certified homes. See the schedule and register for upcoming webinars or listen to recordings of previous trainings at your convenience.
Don't just take our word for it. Read what others say about the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR certified homes. New publications are updated regularly, and our Twitter feed provides the latest news.
A listing of communications that EPA has provided to keep ENERGY STAR partners updated on new developments. Archived newsletters date back to Spring 2007.
ENERGY STAR certified homes achieve energy savings through established, reliable building technologies. Builders work with Home Energy Raters to select from a number of features when planning and building homes.
Green building means improving the way that homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human health and the environment. Energy efficiency is a great place to start with green homes and the easiest way to make sure a new home is energy efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR mark.