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ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
To earn the ENERGY STAR®, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (
Learn more about ENERGY STAR® certified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/newhomes.
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program recognizes builders for their leadership in increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality, and making homes zero energy ready. It builds upon the comprehensive building science requirements of ENERGY STAR® for Homes Version 3, along with proven Building America innovations and best practices. Other special attribute programs are incorporated to help builders reach unparalleled levels of performance with homes designed to last hundreds of years.
DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built. A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a
US Green Building Council
A non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices, the USGBC is composed of more than 13,500 organizations from across the building industry that
LEED for Homes (LEED-H) is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. Benefits of a LEED rated home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.
Find more information about LEED rated homes on the USGBC website.
National Association of Home Builders
NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Chief among NAHB’s goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing. As “the voice of America’s housing industry,” NAHB helps promote policies that will keep housing a national priority and is comprised of more than 800 state and local associations and almost 80,000 home builders and remodelers.
Through the National Green Building Program, the NAHB is helping its members move the practice of green building into the mainstream. Energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality are increasingly incorporated into the everyday process of home building.
Find more information about National Green Building Program rated homes on the NAHB Green website.