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ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Video - Better is Better (short version)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

Embed this video in your website and in model homes to show homebuyers why ENERGY STAR certified homes are built better. A full length version is also available that includes testimonials from real ENERGY STAR home owners. Download either low- or high-resolution video files via your My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). For embedding into your website we recommend linking to the video via YouTube.

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, Real Estate Agents, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Consumer Marketing, Financing, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes - Overview of Marketing Tools

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

A one-page summary of ENERGY STAR's free consumer marketing resources available to builders and other partners. Building and labeling ENERGY STAR certified homes is only the first step to being a successful ENERGY STAR builder partner. To extend the value of your partnership, educate prospective homebuyers about the features and benefits with this variety of no cost resources.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes Partner Locator

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

Utilize the Partner Locator Tool to find local builders, Raters, and program sponsor incentives related to ENERGY STAR certified new homes.

Audience: Builders, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Partner Locator
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Consumer Marketing, Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Certified Smart Thermostats Technical Bulletin, February 7, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

The average American household spends nearly half of their annual energy bill on heating and cooling. ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats automatically adjust a home' temperature settings for optimal performance. This Technical Bulletin will offer tips and considerations for incorporating smart thermostats into ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and promoting their benefits to home buyers and renters.

Audience: Builders, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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ENERGY STAR Home Builder Orientation Video

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This YouTube video highlights key requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Targeted for new and current home builder partners, builders will learn about the value and market advantage of the program in addition to the many resources available to them and the expectations and responsibilities of a trusted ENERGY STAR home builder partner.

Audience: Builders, Community Developers
Resource Type: Online Partnership Agreement (OPA), Partner Program Requirements, Training/Education
Program Area: Partner Retention
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ENERGY STAR Home Builder Recruitment Video

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

In this four minute YouTube video we introduce home builders to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Builders learn about the value of ENERGY STAR certified homes and how partnering with ENERGY STAR gives home builders a market advantage.

Audience: Builders, Community Developers
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Partner Program Requirements, Training/Education
Program Area: Partner Recruitment
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ENERGY STAR Homes - Key Resources for Partners

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

This one-page fact sheet highlights all marketing and technical resources available to partners of the ENERGY STAR Homes Program.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Partner Recruitment, Partner Retention
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ENERGY STAR Homes National Program Requirements, Version 3 (Rev. 08)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must be certified under Version 3 of the program requirements, unless it is located within a U.S. state or territory utilizing a regional specification. Working with a Home Energy Rater, builders configure the preferred set of energy measures for their home and verify that the resulting Energy Rating Index meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR Energy Rating Index Target. The National Program Requirements contain more information about how the target is defined and the typical measures used to meet this target.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Requirements and Resources for HVAC Contractors

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

For a home to be ENERGY STAR certified, several key commissioning tasks must be completed by a credentialed HVAC contractor. These requirements are contained in the HVAC Commissioning Checklist, and include checking the refrigerant charge, measuring the HVAC fan airflow, and a recommendation to test and balance the room-by-room airflows. Visit our HVAC Resources web page to watch short "how to" videos to help you complete these tasks. Visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program Requirements page to download the HVAC Commissioning Checklist and visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Policy Changes and Clarifications page to learn more about recent program changes.

Audience: Builders, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 (Rev. 08) Program Requirements -Tropics (Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

For homes located in some U.S. states and territories, ENERGY STAR has developed region-specific Version 3 program requirements. This document defines the core efficiency specifications under Version 3 of the program for ENERGY STAR certified homes located in Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)