Homes that earn the ENERGY STARmust meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

New Homes

ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation systems, high-performance windows, tight construction, well-sealed ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances.

Energy Raters

To ensure that a home meets ENERGY STAR guidelines, third-party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater is required.  All ECA Energy Raters are RESNET Certified.

Raters work closely with the builder throughout the construction process to help determine the needed energy–saving equipment and construction techniques, and conduct inspections and required on-site diagnostic testing to document that the home is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label.

[Link] ECA Energy Star Project Profile

[Link] ECA LEED and Energy Star Certified Projects

[Link] Information on the Energy Star Homes Program