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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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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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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
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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
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Whole-House Ventilation Rate Responsibilities for Designers, Contractors, and Raters Technical Bulletin, March 14, 2019

Last Updated: 03-17-2021

Whole-house mechanical ventilation plays a critical role in the ENERGY STAR Single-Family New Homes program. It helps ensure that efficiency is not achieved by sacrificing indoor air quality. Delivering an effective system is a three-step process that involves the HVAC designer, the HVAC contractor or electrician, and the Rater. This technical bulletin is designed to reinforce the responsibilities of each party with regards to the whole-house ventilation airflow rate.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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