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ENERGY STAR® New Homes

If you’re planning to build a new home, we can help you ensure it's both comfortable and energy efficient. By taking the steps to make it an ENERGY STAR®-certified home, energy efficiency can be built in from the ground up—meaning you'll see lower energy costs for years to come.

Why ENERGY STAR?

  • Improved home energy performance—increase energy-efficiency by 20% or more

  • Enhanced comfort for you and your family

  • Higher home resale value

  • Less environmental impact

  • Cost savings on your monthly bills


Our Program Features

 

The ENERGY STAR New Homes Program provides homeowners and their chosen builders with financial incentives to build high-efficiency new homes.

We support homeowners and their home builders by providing:

  • New construction and equipment recommendations from an ENERGY STAR-certified HERS Rater prior to building. The program covers the cost to review original home architectural plans and/or the property.

  • Financial incentives for builders to offset the upfront cost of building more efficient new homes.

  • A post-construction energy efficiency inspection to ensure ENERGY STAR standards have been met.

Along the way, you'll also learn more about the features of the energy-efficient equipment used in your ENERGY STAR new home. Your decision to build a more energy-efficient home will help you save energy and improve comfort for you and your family.

If you have questions about the program, call 1.866.838.6918.

Steps to Save

It's easy to get started!

 

  • Find a participating ENERGY STAR Home Builder.

  • Ask your builder to select a Home Energy Rater (HERS) to review original home architectural plans and/or the property and make recommendations on energy-efficient home equipment features.

  • Follow ENERGY STAR Construction Guidelines: once your new home is built, it will be reviewed frequently to verify its energy-efficient features and performance.

  • Have your new home certified with the ENERGY STAR label and paper certification documentation by the HERS Rater.

Then sit back and enjoy the comfort of your ENERGY STAR new home and the cost savings you'll see on your monthly utility bills.

Other Resources

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.