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Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Tools and Resources for Affordable Housing

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page fact sheet highlights ENERGY STAR's tools and resources that can be used by affordable housing stakeholders to improve energy efficiency. Greater energy efficiency helps improve resident comfort, reduce operating costs, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. For more information visit www.energystar.gov/affordablehousing.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Local Governments, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Consumer Marketing, Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise
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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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Leverage the Power of the ENERGY STAR Brand to Gain Market Advantage

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Market research shows that today's home buyers want more value in the form of greater energy efficiency. Watch this webinar, presented on April 5, 2016, to learn about ENERGY STAR's consumer marketing materials and activities and how you can distinguish yourself among energy-conscious home buyers. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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Overview of ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction

Last Updated: 08-17-2021

While ENERGY STAR certification for new construction multifamily buildings was previously allowed through the Certified Homes and MFHR programs, the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program is now required for any multifamily building with building permits on or after July 1, 2021.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Builder Associations, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Local Governments, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Multifamily High Rise, Partner Recruitment, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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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