ENERGY STAR® certified new homes include important features that are out of sight – behind walls, in the attic, and under the foundation. But these hidden details can have a huge impact on your experience living in your new home.
You don’t need to understand all the details of the building science and energy-efficient features that went into the construction of your ENERGY STAR® certified new home. But once you move in, you’ll be glad your builder did.
Thermal Enclosure System
Includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows. Advanced techniques for sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling ducts help reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality. Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house. The result is lower utility costs and a quieter, more comfortable home. Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frame assemblies, to help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
High-efficiency Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling System
Are fully engineered and are designed and installed for optimal performance. An energy-efficient, properly installed heating and cooling system uses less energy to operate, can also be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of your home. A constant supply of fresh, filtered air means that indoor pollutants are reduced, along with dust, pollen, and other allergens. You’ll enjoy consistent temperatures between and across every room in the house. Warm and cold spots so commonly found in older homes have been minimized, so your entire living space is comfortable year-round.
Water Management System
A comprehensive package of best building practices and materials protects roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage and helps durability and superior indoor air quality. Tried-and-true building practices, such as flashing, moisture barriers, and heavy-duty membranes, are employed to effectively drain water from the roofs, walls, and foundations of ENERGY STAR® qualified homes. Proper storage and selection of materials helps prevent water- and mold-damaged materials.
Energy-Efficient Lighting and Appliances
Help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity. ENERGY STAR® qualified fixtures and bulbs come in many shapes and sizes. This gives home buyers a wide range of lighting choices that allow you to create the atmosphere you want for your home. ENERGY STAR® lighting offers significant cost savings and longer lifetimes than standard products. ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, ceiling fans, and ventilation fan can reduce energy costs, while offering improved performance, quality, and durability.