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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 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 Residential New Construction Programs: The Year in Review/The Year Ahead

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Join us as we kick off the 2020 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting Webinar Series. This session, presented on October 28, 2020, provides updates on the program’s key initiatives and successes over the past year and looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for the remainder of 2020, 2021, and beyond. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates
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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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How to Utilize the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Interested in capturing energy savings in the multifamily new construction sector? Learn how your sponsoring program can leverage the ENERGY STAR brand to promote energy efficiency in this expanding market. All multifamily projects are eligible for the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program. This webinar, presented on February 6, 2020, provides an overview of the program requirements, the certification process, the program participants, a comparison to other ENERGY STAR programs, the program's relationship to other Green Building programs, the associated costs & savings, examples of multifamily incentive programs, and marketing resources for utilities. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Introduction to ENERGY STAR RaterPRO Version 1.0, now available on the Phone

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Watch the Introduction to ENERGY STAR RaterPRO Version 1.0 webinar, presented on March 11, 2021, to learn about ENERGY STAR RaterPRO. ENERGY STAR's RaterPRO is EPA's free mobile app that helps 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 and ENERGY STAR certifications. EPA is pleased to announce that RaterPRO is now available for both Apple iPhones and Android phones, allowing you to get started today without any additional hardware!

Audience: Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Energy Rating Tool, Webinar
Program Area: Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Making ENERGY STAR Certified Homes EV-Ready

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

On December 27, 2016, EPA finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specification for electric vehicle chargers. While EV-readiness is not a requirement for certifying new homes, builders who cater to homeowners’ changing demands will benefit from understanding what is needed to make a home ready for an EV charging station. Ed Pike, a Senior Engineer at Energy Solutions, is a national expert on EV charging for residential applications. In this webinar, presented on May 17, 2017, he presents on state/local government codes to promote electric infrastructure for EV charging, technical requirements for installation, and cost savings from making homes and apartments EV-ready. Co-presenter John Morris, a leader for electric vehicles and efficient homes in the Northwest, shares findings from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2016 Northwest Electric Vehicle Market Assessment. 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: Webinar
Program Area: Program/Partner Updates
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