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From now through Wednesday, December 16, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on the proposed ENERGY STAR certified homes 2011 guidelines.

Revising the guidelines for ENERGY STAR certified homes enables EPA to ensure that homes that earn the label continue to represent a meaningful improvement in energy efficiency over homes that are built to code or standard builder business practices. These new guidelines will help EPA meet its broader goal of transforming the housing industry to build homes with less environmental impact and increased homeowner benefits, including greater affordability through lower energy bills along with improved comfort, indoor air quality, and durability.

Thank you to our ENERGY STAR partners and stakeholders who submitted feedback during the first round of comments. EPA has reviewed all comments and made changes to the proposed guidelines to meet the needs of the program while addressing respondents’ concerns. Click here to find the updated proposed guidelines and quality checklists, EPA’s response to the first round of comments, a comment form, and additional resources. Or visit www.energystar.gov/homes and click on the “proposed guidelines” link.

If you have questions, please contact us at energystarhomes@energystar.gov. Thank you!

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