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Indoor airPLUS Version 2

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

If you've been building ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments, but you're interested in going further in marketing healthier, high-performance homes, now is a great time to step up to earn EPA's Indoor airPLUS label. View this webinar, presented on November 10, 2020, to hear how EPA's voluntary partnership programs and thoughtful indoor air quality improvements can help reshape your marketing approach at a pivotal time for homebuyers and tenants. EPA representatives outline many of the newly proposed Indoor airPLUS Version 2 Construction Specifications. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Introduction to ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

EPA launched the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program in early 2019 to better serve the multifamily sector. The program features technical requirements from the Certified Homes and MFHR programs, allows three options to achieving the Performance Target (ERI, ASHRAE 90.1, Prescriptive), and adopted the Certified Homes checklist-style for program documents. This webinar, presented on October 14, 2020, provides an overview of program requirements, the certification processbuilding eligibility, and the transition timeline. Multifamily buildings permitted prior to July 1, 2021 may continue to certify through the MFHR or Certified Homes program, based on the eligibility requirements of those programs. Projects that will be certified through the MFHR program must submit their MFHR Project Application to a Multifamily Review Organization (MRO) before January 1, 2021. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Introduction to ENERGY STAR RaterPRO Version 1.0, now available on the Phone

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Watch the Introduction to ENERGY STAR RaterPRO Version 1.0 webinar, presented on March 11, 2021, to learn about ENERGY STAR RaterPRO. ENERGY STAR's RaterPRO is EPA's free mobile app that helps home energy raters complete on-site inspections for Energy Rating Index ratings and ENERGY STAR certifications. RaterPRO captures digital notes and photos, geotags the inspection location, and automatically exports inspection results to energy modeling software. This all-digital workflow helps rating companies large and small deliver accurate, high-quality ratings and ENERGY STAR certifications. EPA is pleased to announce that RaterPRO is now available for both Apple iPhones and Android phones, allowing you to get started today without any additional hardware!

Audience: Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Energy Rating Tool, Webinar
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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LED Lighting Technical Bulletin, September 6, 2017

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting products use 90% less energy and can last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting. LEDs (short for “light-emitting diode”) also outperform CFLs (compact fluorescent or “spiral” light bulbs) in terms of energy efficiency, versatility, and durability, not to mention their appeal to energy-conscious consumers who have concerns about mercury gas in CFLs.

Audience: Builders
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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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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Policy Record Technical Bulletin, May 10, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

The ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program regularly receives partner questions and comments and often makes improvements in response to this feedback. The Current Policy Record catalogs these issues and their resolution. You can review this document to stay up to date between revisions. This Technical Bulletin highlights key changes since the release of Revision 08.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin, Technical Requirements/Policy Record
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Preparing for ENERGY STAR Version 3.1 in CT, NY, & TX

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Version 3.1 of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes National Program Requirements has been developed for homes in states that have adopted the 2012 IECC, or equivalent. The purpose of this new version is to ensure that the ENERGY STAR certified homes program will continue to deliver meaningful savings relative to non-certified homes in states with this more rigorous code. This webinar, presented on June 6, 2017, covers what builders and Raters should know about Version 3.1, applicable to homes permitted on or after October 1, 2017. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Preparing for ENERGY STAR Version 3.1 in Pennsylvania & Nebraska

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

This webinar, presented on June 2, 2020, 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 Nebraska and Pennsylvania, and reviews the v3.1 implementation timeline. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Tips and Tricks for Reporting ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS Homes

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Providers are required to report ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS homes to EPA on a quarterly basis. Watch this webinar, presented on January 19, 2017, to learn step by step how homes should be reported, and tips for avoiding reporting headaches. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Home Energy Providers/Raters
Resource Type: Homes Online Submission Tool (HOST), Webinar
Program Area: Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Top Builder Tips for Choosing LED Lighting

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Click here for technical bulletin companion: LED Lighting Technical Bulletin (PDF, 121 KB)
As LED technology advances and prices continue to drop, market adoption of LEDs is growing steadily, including in new homes. You may already know that ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting is efficient (using 90% less energy than traditional lighting) and will last a really long time (more than 20 years on average). However, to get the most from your lighting design, there are a range of issues to consider. In this webinar, presented on July 13, 2017, industry manufactures Eaton and Lutron joined the ENERGY STAR Homes program to discuss some of the most important LED lighting considerations. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily