Tools and Resources

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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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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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Sales and Savings: Smart Thermostats for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Click here for technical bulletin companion: Smart Thermostat Technical Bulletin (PDF, 197 KB)
The average American household spends nearly half of their annual energy bill on heating and cooling. By installing smart thermostats in new homes, builders can provide residents a more effective way to control their temperature settings to stay comfortable and save money. Hear from representatives of Nest and Ecobee, the leading manufacturers of learning thermostats, on how learning thermostats are being incorporated into new homes and how ENERGY STAR partners can tap into this new market to increase efficiency and customer satisfaction. Co-presenter Abigail Daken, ENERGY STAR Smart Thermostat Product Manager, provides an overview of energy savings and available incentives. This webinar was presented on January 30, 2018. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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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
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Utilizing the ENERGY STAR Sales Training Toolkit

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

In late 2018, we released the updated ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Sales Training Toolkit. This resource is designed to help your sales team better engage homeowners on the distinct features and benefits of ENERGY STAR, and ultimately sell more homes. Watch this webinar, presented on April 2, 2019, to learn how to effectively utilize this resource with your sales team, identify how to craft unique value propositions that resonate with prospective home buyers, and learn about newly added fact sheets and customizable resources. By the end, you’ll have the necessary tools and materials to implement an engaging in-person sales training during your next sales meeting. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Real Estate Agents
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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WaterSense Labeled Homes Version 2.0

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

The WaterSense labeled homes program is designed to encourage the construction and purchase of water-efficient, high-performing homes. In 2020, EPA is rolling out Version 2.0 of the WaterSense labeled homes program. Version 2.0 minimizes mandatory requirements and transitions to a more performance-based efficiency requirement. EPA aims for these changes to remove many of the technical and administrative barriers many builders have encountered in building WaterSense labeled homes. WaterSense labeled homes Version 2.0 will increase flexibility, adapt to changes in the building industry, and expand the reach of the program so that a broader range of builders and professionals can participate. This webinar was presented on Novemeber 19, 2020. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Builders, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily