An ENERGY STAR certified new home means it was designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today. When ENERGY STAR's rigorous requirements are applied to new home construction, the result is a home built better from the ground up, delivering better durability, better comfort, and reduced utility and maintenance costs.
When the Builder becomes an ENERGY STAR Partner the builder commits to constructing and verifying the homes meet all of ENERGY STAR’s strict energy efficiency requirements. The builder also selects a Home Energy Rater (Provident Energy Inc.) to work with to certify their homes.
The ENERGY STAR HVAC Contractor must also be ACCA accredited (Air Conditioning Contractors of America)
A home that meets the ENERGY STAR requirements achieves this level of performance through a complete package of building science-based energy efficiency systems and measures that are verified by Provident Energy. Many steps are taken by the builder and Provident Energy during design and construction to ensure all ENERGY STAR requirements are met and verified.
The builder submits their plans to Provident Energy for review and to complete a preliminary analysis done with specialized home energy modeling software. Provident Energy looks for key information on the plans to help the builder choose the best combination of energy–efficient features to ensure that the home will earn the ENERGY STAR label when constructed. Our knowledge and field experience help ENERGY STAR builder partners select the most appropriate energy-efficient features.
With the energy-efficient features selected, the builder proceeds with construction. Provident Energy conducts onsite inspections and testing during and after construction to ensure ENERGY STAR requirements are met. The process includes a blower door test to measure whole-house air leakage and a duct blaster test to measure air duct leakage. During the inspection process, Provident Energy utilizes a set of comprehensive ENERGY STAR checklists.
These checklists include the following: