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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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Leverage the Power of the ENERGY STAR Brand to Gain Market Advantage

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

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.

Audience: Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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Making ENERGY STAR Certified Homes EV-Ready

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

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.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates
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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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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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Thermal Enclosure Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the features and benefits of the ENERGY STAR certified homes thermal enclosure system. This system provides comprehensive air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows, working together in an ENERGY STAR certified home to deliver better comfort, better durability, reduced maintenance costs, and lower monthly utility bills.

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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Using the ENERGY STAR for Homes Marks - A Quick Reference Guide for New Homes Partners

Last Updated: 07-27-2020

The purpose of this document is to provide clarification on how the ENERGY STAR marks should be used by partners participating in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. This document provides a partial list of guidelines and is intended to supplement, not replace, the ENERGY STAR Brand Book. Please review the ENERGY STAR Brand Book in its entirety at www.energystar.gov/brandbook

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