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.
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!
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.
On December 27, 2016, EPA finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specification for electric vehicle chargers. While EV-readiness is not a requirement for certifying new homes, builders who cater to homeowners’ changing demands will benefit from understanding what is needed to make a home ready for an EV charging station. Ed Pike, a Senior Engineer at Energy Solutions, is a national expert on EV charging for residential applications. In this webinar, presented on May 17, 2017, he presents on state/local government codes to promote electric infrastructure for EV charging, technical requirements for installation, and cost savings from making homes and apartments EV-ready. Co-presenter John Morris, a leader for electric vehicles and efficient homes in the Northwest, shares findings from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2016 Northwest Electric Vehicle Market Assessment. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.