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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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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 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 - Key Resources for Partners

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

This one-page fact sheet highlights all marketing and technical resources available to partners of the ENERGY STAR Homes Program.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Partner Recruitment, Partner Retention
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ENERGY STAR Homes National Program Requirements, Version 3 (Rev. 08)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must be certified under Version 3 of the program requirements, unless it is located within a U.S. state or territory utilizing a regional specification. Working with a Home Energy Rater, builders configure the preferred set of energy measures for their home and verify that the resulting Energy Rating Index meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR Energy Rating Index Target. The National Program Requirements contain more information about how the target is defined and the typical measures used to meet this target.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 (Rev. 08) Program Requirements -Tropics (Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

For homes located in some U.S. states and territories, ENERGY STAR has developed region-specific Version 3 program requirements. This document defines the core efficiency specifications under Version 3 of the program for ENERGY STAR certified homes located in Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 (Rev.08) Energy Rating Index Target Procedure for the Tropics

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

This document defines how to configure the ENERGY STAR Reference Design Home and calculate the associated Energy Rating Index value for homes located in Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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