You have probably seen the above logo in a lot of different settings (appliances, fixtures, windows…), so what exactly does it represent? It is a voluntary program (yes voluntary) initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their goal is to help businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through energy efficient standards on products, and practices that involve building/renovating homes and spaces.
A few of their primary focuses include:
- Reducing Greenhouse Gases among businesses and institutions
- Increasing efficiency in homes, buildings, and products.
Homes that were certified with the Energy Star label in 2012, were assessed and found to be at least 15% more efficient than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (Energystar.gov) To get a certified home, four checklists must be completed. The major checklist themes are:
- Thermal Enclosure Rating Checklist
- HVAC System Quality Install Checklist
- HVAC System Quality Install Contractor Checklist
- Water Management System Builder Checklist
The partnership with EnergyStar and DOE Challenge Home is voluntary, and our commitment to build to these standards, is something we take pride in, because there is nothing better than knowing that the homes we create are not only comfortable and well built, but also efficient and renewable. These homes are a footprint in the revolution that is just beginning and is going to change the way we consider buildings and homes for future generations.
Here is a link to the EnergyStar website, for further reading and information: http://www.energystar.gov/