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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 process, building 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.