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A New Day for Building ENERGY STAR

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

With the advent of HVAC grading, ENERGY STAR offers unprecedented value for builders and owners alike. Listen to this session, presented on September 30, 2021, to get a fresh perspective on the seven essential features that certification adds above and beyond a good energy rating and learn about new resources for convincing builders to join or rejoin the program. 

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: Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Multifamily High Rise, Partner Recruitment, Partner Retention, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Certified New Homes 'Better is Better' Infographic

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

An infographic highlighting the main features and associated benefits of an ENERGY STAR certified home. Add the entire infographic to your organization's web site or, download and use individual sections of the infographic.

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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Certified New Homes - Heating and Cooling System Fact Sheet

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the complete heating, ventilating and cooling system (HVAC) that is installed in every ENERGY STAR certified home. This complete HVAC system is designed and installed to optimize performance, lower utility bills, keep you more comfortable, and provide better moisture control, better indoor air quality, and quieter operation. During design and construction, ENERGY STAR builder partners must meet all of the requirements of EPA’s comprehensive HVAC Quality Installation inspections and work with trained and credentialed HVAC professionals.

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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Complete Water Management System Fact Sheet - ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This two-page, consumer-focused fact sheet describes the comprehensive package of water management practices and materials that help to protect an ENERGY STAR certified home from water damage and reduce the risk of indoor air quality problems. During construction, ENERGY STAR builder partners must meet EPA’s comprehensive water management requirements to prevent rain and moisture from building up in living areas, attics, basements, crawlspaces, or behind walls.

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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DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes and the Year Ahead

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

“Zero Energy Ready Homes” have grown from a niche product unfamiliar to many, to a standard offering in the marketplace found in stretch codes, utility programs, and affordable housing programs. But we’re still in the early stages of the journey to zero. The DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes program is moving to Version 2 in 2022, which will incorporate more proven innovations and establish ZERH as the stepping off point for future zero emissions homes. At the same time, Zero Energy Ready Homes have truly reached a tipping point with major commitments from large production builders, affordable housing developers, and military housing projects. Finally, the program is launching the ZERH-Multifamily spec to serve as the next step for Energy Star Multifamily New Construction builders. Listen to this session to learn more about these exciting program advancements and share your input and questions. 

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Builder Associations, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Certified Homes - Better is Better Booklet

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

Use this 16-page, four-color, consumer-focused brochure to tell homebuyers about the features and benefits of purchasing and owning an ENERGY STAR certified new home. Order free copies or, if you are an ENERGY STAR partner, co-brand a trifold version of the brochure via your My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA).

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: MESA, Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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ENERGY STAR Certified Homes - Roll Up Exhibit Banners

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

Add your company logo to co-brand three, stand-alone banners that promote ENERGY STAR certified homes to consumers, HVAC contractors, and home builders. The banner templates are only available to partners from their My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA).

Audience: Builders, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: MESA, Outreach/Marketing
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Consumer Video - Better is Better (full length)

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

Embed this video in your website and in model homes to show homebuyers why ENERGY STAR certified homes are built better. This full length version (5 min 37 sec) includes testimonials from real ENERGY STAR home owners. A 1 min 40 sec. version without testimonials is also available. Download either low- or high-resolution video files via your My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). For embedding into your website we recommend linking to the video via YouTube.

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: MESA, Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Video - Better is Better (short version)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

Embed this video in your website and in model homes to show homebuyers why ENERGY STAR certified homes are built better. A full length version is also available that includes testimonials from real ENERGY STAR home owners. Download either low- or high-resolution video files via your My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). For embedding into your website we recommend linking to the video via YouTube.

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, Real Estate Agents, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Consumer Marketing, Financing, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Homes Requirements and Resources for HVAC Contractors

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

For a home to be ENERGY STAR certified, several key commissioning tasks must be completed by a credentialed HVAC contractor. These requirements are contained in the HVAC Commissioning Checklist, and include checking the refrigerant charge, measuring the HVAC fan airflow, and a recommendation to test and balance the room-by-room airflows. Visit our HVAC Resources web page to watch short "how to" videos to help you complete these tasks. Visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program Requirements page to download the HVAC Commissioning Checklist and visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Policy Changes and Clarifications page to learn more about recent program changes.

Audience: Builders, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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