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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 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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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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Dollars and Sense: Modeling Cost Savings in ENERGY STAR homes

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Watch this webinar, presented on September 29, 2016, to gain tips for modeling ENERGY STAR homes cost-effectively and to offer greater cost-savings to your builder clients. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR + HVAC Grading

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Ever since the launch of Version 3 in 2010, the HVAC design and commissioning requirements have been the biggest hurdle between a standard HERS rating and an ENERGY STAR certified home. Taking all the lessons learned, EPA, RESNET, and ACCA are finishing work on a new HVAC grading standard that will integrate many of these requirements into the HERS rating process. This webinar, presented on August 26, 2020, provides an overview of the standard, how it will be integrated into the ENERGY STAR program, and a status update on when it can be used. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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