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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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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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Deep Dive: Technical Details of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

This advanced-level webinar, presented on March 5, 2020, is geared toward ENERGY STAR stakeholders that have already attended our prior introductory level webinars about the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program and are already familiar with building eligibility, participant requirements, program documents, transition timeline, and overall certification process. This webinar provides in-depth details on Revision 01 highlights, details of the Rater checklists, not covered in Rater training, specific requirements in the HVAC Functional Testing Checklist, sampling in common spaces, using the Multifamily Workbook. 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: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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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 Certified New Homes Partner Locator

Last Updated: 06-10-2020

Utilize the Partner Locator Tool to find local builders, Raters, and program sponsor incentives related to ENERGY STAR certified new homes.

Audience: Builders, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Partner Locator
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Consumer Marketing, Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Multifamily Building Locator

Last Updated: 04-05-2021

Looking for an ENERGY STAR certified apartment or condo? Use the Building Locator or browse our List of Buildings with ENERGY STAR Certified Apartments to find buildings with certified units near you that deliver better quality, comfort, and value.

Audience: Builders, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) Certified Building Map, Outreach/Marketing, Partner Locator
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Consumer Marketing, Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR RaterPRO

Last Updated: 04-09-2021

RaterPRO is a free mobile app developed by the U.S. EPA to help 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.

Audience: Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Local Governments, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Energy Rating Tool
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Residential Branch Marketing & Communications

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

Earlier this year, the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program launched a new look and feel for our marketing and outreach materials, along with a paid media campaign. This webinar, presented on September 23, 2021, provides an overview of what EPA has seen as a result of the new materials and campaign and provides an overview of what’s coming next. You’ll also get a sneak peek of the video that we’ve created to celebrate the program’s 2 million+ home milestone. You won’t want to miss the celebration!

Audience: Builders, Community Developers, Home Builder Associations, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Outreach/Marketing, Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Programs: The Year in Review/ The Year Ahead

Last Updated: 09-21-2021

Join us as we kick off the 2021 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting Webinar Series. This session, presented on September 21, 2021, provides updates on the program’s key initiatives and successes over the past year and look ahead to what’s on the horizon for the remainder of 2021, 2022, and beyond. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

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: Manufactured/Modular Housing, Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR: The Decade Ahead Starts Now

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

Meeting the challenges of climate change will require extensive and systematic improvements across the economy. EPA believes that in the residential sector, this will require moving newly constructed homes rapidly towards higher levels of efficiency, demand responsive heat pumps for space and water heating, and EV charging capability. Listen this session, presented on September 29, 2021, to learn about the proposed new certification and recognition opportunity from the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program that will help EPA and our partners prove that it’s possible to build the home of tomorrow, today.

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: Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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