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Generate HVAC Design Reports with the Click of a Button Technical Bulletin, November 7, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

The two most commonly used residential HVAC design programs, Wrightsoft Right-Suite Universal and Elite RHVAC, can now automatically generate the ENERGY STAR HVAC Design Report. Before, HVAC designers laboriously copied design information onto the HVAC Design Report manually. With this major step forward, the HVAC Design Report is completed fast and accurately, standardizing the exchange of information between the HVAC and HERS rating industry.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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HERS Points for HVAC Design and Installation

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Watch this webinar, presented on December 5, 2018, to learn about efforts from EPA and RESNET to reward proper design and installation of HVAC systems with HERS points. This will include an overview of where EPA and RESNET are in the process of developing a new standard, tests that may be required, and potential HERS impact. 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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HVAC Grading + Standard 310

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

HVAC grading is here! Watch this webinar, presented on November 5, 2020, to learn how the new ACCA/RESNET standard for grading HVAC design and installation integrates with ENERGY STAR, offers new opportunities for ERI points, streamlines the certification process, and provides an opportunity to bring builders back to the program. 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), Program/Partner Updates
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How to Certify ENERGY STAR Modular Homes Technical Bulletin, November 29, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

ENERGY STAR had long offered two ways to certify modular homes: a plant-certification path and a Rater-verification path. With the introduction of Revision 09, the infrequently used plant-certification was eliminated to reduce potential marketplace confusion. Going forward, all modular homes permitted after January 1, 2019 should be verified using the same Rater-based process and program requirements as site-built homes.

Audience: Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin, Training/Education
Program Area: Manufactured/Modular Housing
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How to Get Your ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Project Team Ready Technical Bulletin, August 12, 2020

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

The transition to EPA's ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program is fast approaching. Is your project team ready? Key participants for the Multifamily New Construction program include builders / developers, raters, functional testing agents, and ASHRAE path energy modelers. This technical bulletin highlights the key steps to complete before starting an MFNC project.

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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How to Wisely Use Builder-Verified Items Technical Bulletin, July 11, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

Audience: Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin, Training/Education
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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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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Index Adjustment Factor vs. Size Adjustment Factor Technical Bulletin, August 15, 2018

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

Earlier this year, RESNET added an Index Adjustment Factor to the ANSI/RESNET/ICC 301-2014 Standard. While the Index Adjustment Factor (IAF) sounds a lot like ENERGY STAR’s Size Adjustment Factor (SAF), it actually serves a different purpose.
 

Audience: Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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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