ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Certfication
The EPA’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes program offers a chance for builders to leverage the nationally recognized ENERGY STAR brand to show that they have met or exceeded national standards required within the New Homes program.
This is a great marketing tool, and as in Maryland, there are utility rebates for homes built to these standards.
Certification is pass/fail and requires checklists and additional items from the builder, the HVAC contractor, and the Rater regarding water management and proper HVAC commissioning. We find that most builders enjoy the flexibility and relative ease of the HERS Index because of these additional requirements.
ENERGY STAR certifications also require blower door and duct testing and code compliance documentation is included in ENERGY STAR certification packages.
Efficient Home also provides services for enrollment and data processing for participation in utility rebate programs for ENERGY STAR homes. See incentives and links list below.
The ENERGY STAR label on a home means that it has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. ENERGY STAR certified new homes include features like:
- A complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.
- A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System that is designed and installed for optimal performance.
- A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
- Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.
Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified new homes here.
Energy Star for New Homes Incentives:
More about Pepco rebates for ENERGY STAR certified homes in Maryland
More about BGE rebates for ENERGY STAR certified homes
More about SMECO rebates for ENERGY STAR certified homes
More about Delmarva Power rebates for ENERGY STAR certified homes
More about Potomac Edison rebates for ENERGY STAR certified homes