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ENERGY STAR: The Decade Ahead Starts Now

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

Meeting the challenges of climate change will require extensive and systematic improvements across the economy. EPA believes that in the residential sector, this will require moving newly constructed homes rapidly towards higher levels of efficiency, demand responsive heat pumps for space and water heating, and EV charging capability. Listen this session, presented on September 29, 2021, to learn about the proposed new certification and recognition opportunity from the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program that will help EPA and our partners prove that it’s possible to build the home of tomorrow, today.

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: Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Efficient Lighting and Appliances Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the energy efficient lighting and appliances installed in ENERGY STAR certified homes. Lighting and appliances come with two price tags — the purchase price and the cost to operate and maintain them. Energy efficient lighting and appliances, such as those earning the ENERGY STAR label, deliver better performance, provide better quality, and help reduce home operating costs through lower monthly utility bills, while creating the style you are looking for in a new home.

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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Independent Inspections and Testing Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the rigorous independent inspections and testing that ENERGY STAR certified homes must undergo. The better performance and better quality built into every ENERGY STAR certified home is independently inspected and tested by a Home Energy Rater.

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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Preparing for ENERGY STAR Version 3.1 in Maine

Last Updated: 10-20-2021

This webinar, presented on October 20, 2021, is designed to get partners up to speed with the Version 3.1 program requirements. It demonstrates how to run a v3.1 compliance report for any home, identifies key efficiency measures used to hit the v3.1 ENERGY STAR ERI Target in Maine, and reviews the v3.1 implementation timeline.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Appraisers, Home Builder Associations, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Local Governments, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Manufactured/Modular Housing, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Raising the Bar: Advancing the Versions of ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction

Last Updated: 09-27-2021

Over the last 10 years, national model energy codes have advanced significantly. Though not adopted in all states, these codes have shown that higher levels of performance are achievable and cost-effective. Even in states where code adoption has lagged, builders’ construction practices have continued to advance. Listen to this session, presented on September 27, 2021, to learn how we intend to raise the bar by incrementing the Single-Family New Homes v3.x and Multifamily New Construction v1.x series of program requirements, moving the industry forward in states with both lagging and leading codes. 

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: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Webinar
Program Area: Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Thermal Enclosure Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the features and benefits of the ENERGY STAR certified homes thermal enclosure system. This system provides comprehensive air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows, working together in an ENERGY STAR certified home to deliver better comfort, better durability, reduced maintenance costs, and lower monthly utility bills.

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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Using the ENERGY STAR for Homes Marks - A Quick Reference Guide for New Homes Partners

Last Updated: 07-27-2020

The purpose of this document is to provide clarification on how the ENERGY STAR marks should be used by partners participating in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. This document provides a partial list of guidelines and is intended to supplement, not replace, the ENERGY STAR Brand Book. Please review the ENERGY STAR Brand Book in its entirety at www.energystar.gov/brandbook

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