If you’re planning on building your dream home, don’t miss the opportunity to make it an ENERGY STAR® certified home. The best time to improve the energy efficiency of your home is while you’re still building it.

Why Invest Upfront in Building an ENERGY STAR Home?

ENERGY STAR certified homes provide:

  1. Better home energy performance and more comfort for you and your family (improve energy-efficiency by 20% or more)
  2. Higher home resale value
  3. Less environmental impact
  4. Cost savings on your monthly utility bills

Our Program Features

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The ENERGY STAR New Homes Program assists homeowners and their chosen builders in the building of new, high-efficiency homes.

The program supports homeowners and their chosen home builders by providing:

  1. New construction and equipment recommendations prior to new home building from an ENERGY STAR-certified HERS Rater (the program covers the cost of this review of original home architectural plans and/or the property).
  2. Financial incentives for builders to offset the upfront cost of building smarter and more efficiently.
  3. A post-construction energy efficiency inspection to ensure ENERGY STAR standards have been met.
  4. And along the way you'll learn more about the energy-efficient equipment features that go into building an ENERGY STAR new home.

If you have questions about the program, call 1.866.838.6918.

General Participation Requirements

To get started building the ENERGY STAR New Home of your dreams, follow these steps:

  1. Find a participating ENERGY STAR Home Builder.
  2. You or your home builder can then select a HERS rater who reviews original home architectural plans and/or the property and makes recommendations on energy-efficient home equipment features.
  3. Follow ENERGY STAR Construction Guidelines: once your new home is built, it is reviewed frequently to verify its energy-efficient features and performance.
  4. Finally, the Home Energy (HERs) Rater certifies your new home with the ENERGY STAR label and paper certification documentation.
  5. Now, sit back and enjoy the comfort of your ENERGY STAR new home as well as the cost savings you'll see on your monthly utility bills.

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. A few of these key features include:

  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 keep heat 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. 

If these key features don't quite satisfy your hunger for ENERGY STAR New Home feature information, learn more about the next generation of ENERGY STAR New Home features from ENERGY STAR.