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A Green Home Begins with ENERGY STAR Blue

Last Updated: 01-15-2021

Audience: Home Buyers
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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A New Day for Building ENERGY STAR

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

With the advent of HVAC grading, ENERGY STAR offers unprecedented value for builders and owners alike. Listen to this session, presented on September 30, 2021, to get a fresh perspective on the seven essential features that certification adds above and beyond a good energy rating and learn about new resources for convincing builders to join or rejoin the program. 

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Appraisers, Home Builder Associations, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Lenders, Local Governments, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Multifamily High Rise, Partner Recruitment, Partner Retention, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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A Rater's Guide to the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program Paths Technical Bulletin, December 16, 2020

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

This technical bulletin highlights the differences and similarities between the three different ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction paths (ERI, ASHRAE and Prescriptive) and clarifies the Rater's responsibilities for each Path.

Audience: Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Building Electric Vehicle-Ready Homes Technical Bulletin, December 13, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

Americans are rapidly adopting plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). In fact, the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute for Electric Innovation estimate that 18.7 million EVs will be on U.S. roads by 2030. Because 80 percent of EV charging happens at home, consumer demand for homes ready for or equipped with EV charging is also growing. In addition, an increasing number of localities, such as Atlanta, Denver, and much of California, have begun to require that EV charging infrastructure be included in all newly-built single-family homes. Builders in other areas are starting to pre-wire or install charging units as a value added feature of their new homes as well.

Audience: Builders, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Certified New Homes 'Better is Better' Infographic

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

An infographic highlighting the main features and associated benefits of an ENERGY STAR certified home. Add the entire infographic to your organization's web site or, download and use individual sections of the infographic.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Appraisers, Home Builder Associations, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Lenders, Local Governments, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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Certified New Homes - Heating and Cooling System Fact Sheet

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the complete heating, ventilating and cooling system (HVAC) that is installed in every ENERGY STAR certified home. This complete HVAC system is designed and installed to optimize performance, lower utility bills, keep you more comfortable, and provide better moisture control, better indoor air quality, and quieter operation. During design and construction, ENERGY STAR builder partners must meet all of the requirements of EPA’s comprehensive HVAC Quality Installation inspections and work with trained and credentialed HVAC professionals.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Appraisers, Home Builder Associations, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Lenders, Local Governments, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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Complete Water Management System Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the comprehensive package of water management practices and materials that help to protect an ENERGY STAR certified home from water damage and reduce the risk of indoor air quality problems. During construction, ENERGY STAR builder partners must meet EPA’s comprehensive water management requirements to prevent rain and moisture from building up in living areas, attics, basements, crawlspaces, or behind walls.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Appraisers, Home Builder Associations, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Lenders, Local Governments, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes and the Year Ahead

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

“Zero Energy Ready Homes” have grown from a niche product unfamiliar to many, to a standard offering in the marketplace found in stretch codes, utility programs, and affordable housing programs. But we’re still in the early stages of the journey to zero. The DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes program is moving to Version 2 in 2022, which will incorporate more proven innovations and establish ZERH as the stepping off point for future zero emissions homes. At the same time, Zero Energy Ready Homes have truly reached a tipping point with major commitments from large production builders, affordable housing developers, and military housing projects. Finally, the program is launching the ZERH-Multifamily spec to serve as the next step for Energy Star Multifamily New Construction builders. Listen to this session to learn more about these exciting program advancements and share your input and questions. 

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Builder Associations, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Deep Dive: Technical Details of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

This advanced-level webinar, presented on March 5, 2020, is geared toward ENERGY STAR stakeholders that have already attended our prior introductory level webinars about the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program and are already familiar with building eligibility, participant requirements, program documents, transition timeline, and overall certification process. This webinar provides in-depth details on Revision 01 highlights, details of the Rater checklists, not covered in Rater training, specific requirements in the HVAC Functional Testing Checklist, sampling in common spaces, using the Multifamily Workbook. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Demand Water Heater Technical Bulletin, December 6, 2017

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

Demand water heaters - also known as tankless, instantaneous, or instant-on water heaters - are growing in popularity. These water heaters offer numerous advantages over traditional storage water heaters and are available for all major fuel types: electric, natural gas, and propane. Not only can demand water heaters improve convenience and comfort for the homeowner, they can make it easier to achieve the HERS Index Target for ENERGY STAR certification.

Audience: Builders, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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