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Energy Star

BrightLeaf Homes Energy Star Partner Chicago

BrightLeaf is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR® label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today.  It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability.  It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow.  The ENERGY STAR® label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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 (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes and contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand.

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DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

Zero Energy Ready Home BrightLeaf Homes ChicagoThe 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 high performance home which is so energy efficient, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption.

US Green Building Council

US Green Building Council Partner BrightLeaf Homes ChicagoA 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 are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

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

National Association of Home Builders BrightLeaf Homes ChicagoNAHB 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.

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