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ENERGY STAR Home Builder Orientation Video

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

This YouTube video highlights key requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Targeted for new and current home builder partners, builders will learn about the value and market advantage of the program in addition to the many resources available to them and the expectations and responsibilities of a trusted ENERGY STAR home builder partner.

Audience: Builders, Community Developers
Resource Type: Online Partnership Agreement (OPA), Partner Program Requirements, Training/Education
Program Area: Partner Retention
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ENERGY STAR Home Builder Recruitment Video

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

In this four minute YouTube video we introduce home builders to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Builders learn about the value of ENERGY STAR certified homes and how partnering with ENERGY STAR gives home builders a market advantage.

Audience: Builders, Community Developers
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Partner Program Requirements, Training/Education
Program Area: Partner Recruitment
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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) 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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ENERGY STAR Marks

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

Partners may use the ENERGY STAR marks to promote their support of the ENERGY STAR program, ENERGY STAR certified homes, and their partnership with ENERGY STAR. And of course, to signify homes that have been ENERGY STAR certified. All marks must be used in compliance with the ENERGY STAR Brand Book and are only available for download via partners' 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, Local Governments, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: MESA, Outreach/Marketing, Partner Program Requirements, Training/Education
Program Area: Consumer Marketing
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Raising the Bar: Advancing the Versions of ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction

Last Updated: 09-27-2021

Over the last 10 years, national model energy codes have advanced significantly. Though not adopted in all states, these codes have shown that higher levels of performance are achievable and cost-effective. Even in states where code adoption has lagged, builders’ construction practices have continued to advance. Listen to this session, presented on September 27, 2021, to learn how we intend to raise the bar by incrementing the Single-Family New Homes v3.x and Multifamily New Construction v1.x series of program requirements, moving the industry forward in states with both lagging and leading codes. 

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: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Webinar
Program Area: Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily