Energy Star – New Homes from Radiant Insulation – LI
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These homes are at least 15% more energy-efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and they include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20%–30% more efficient than standard homes.
With home buyers increasingly interested in green building, energy efficiency is the place to start. That’s because the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain and risks of global warming. So, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated. The easy way to make sure a new home is energy efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR mark, the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency.
Any home three stories or less can earn the ENERGY STAR label if it has been verified to meet EPA’s guidelines, including: single-family, attached and low-rise multi-family homes; manufactured homes; systems-built homes (e.g., SIP, ICF or modular construction); log homes; concrete homes; and even existing retrofitted homes.
ENERGY STAR-qualified homes can include a variety of ‘tried and true’ energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution:
1. Effective Insulation
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use and increased comfort.
2. High-Performance Windows
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
3. Tight Construction and Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance.
4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, this equipment won’t have to work so hard to heat and cool the home.
5. Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR-qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines.
6. Third-Party Verification
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness and duct sealing details.
Benefits of Owning an Energy Star Qualified Home
Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets strict energy efficiency guidelines.
LOWER OWNERSHIP COST
Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR-qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling and water heating – delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. During the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills.
Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial. Financing your home purchase using an energy-efficient mortgage can also lead to savings.
Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution and noise. An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability.
To date, more than 8,500 home builders have partnered with EPA to construct more than 1 million ENERGY STAR-qualified homes. The trend is clear. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.
Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.
Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.
Benefits of Insulation
- Increasing Value of Your Home
- Protection Against Dirt and Allergens
- Better Air Quality
- Protection Against Mold and Mildew
- Huge Savings on Energy Bills
- Making Your Home Energy Efficient