Building Energy Efficient Homes
Building a home that is energy efficient and sustainable is easier if things are done the right way from the beginning. Let us help you take advantage of this opportunity through our consulting services. We can help you design, plan, inspect and certify your home. We are qualified to provide services for sustainable building programs such as ENERGY STAR®, NAHB green or LEED for Homes.
Energy Smart Home Advantage
E2 Technologies’ Energy Smart Home can stand on its own or be a compliment to Energy Star or other high performance building programs. Using the HERS index as its basis, the program provides home builders and buyers an easily understandable means to compare the performance features and relative energy efficiency of different homes.
The benefit of using the Energy Smart Home Program as a foundation is that it provides a detailed decision-making tool based upon the HERS index and summarizes performance features and energy efficiency down to something every home buyer and builder understands.
Other Energy Efficiency Programs
More than 5,000 homebuilders have partnered with the EPA to build over 2 million ENERGY STAR homes by 2010. For many builders, making the necessary changes to meet ENERGY STAR standards is usually a low or no cost process. RESNET certified HERS Raters do more than just provide the required third party verification. They closely work with you and your subs to implement the ENERGY STAR certification process; getting you on your way to meet growing consumer demand for high quality, energy efficient homes.
ENERGY STAR has provided the key to the future. Customers surveyed stated that ENERGY STAR was important in their selection of a homebuilder. While custom home sales decreased in the market, ENERGY STAR’s market share increased. Sales and profit also increased. Subcontractors send their best crews because they know their work will be inspected.
WHY BUILD ENERGY STAR?
Enhance Home Buyer Satisfaction Click to expand
Provide your customers with a value-added benefit—energy efficiency—and help them save money every month, be more comfortable at home and protect our environment. The quality features built into ENERGY STAR homes translate into lasting value, increased customer satisfaction and more referrals.
Increase Profit Click to expand
Some buyers will use projected energy savings to pay for additional, high-value upgrades. ENERGY STAR builder partners also report reduced customer callbacks and fewer warranty claims.
Reduce Liability Click to expand
Adopt EPA’s guidelines, which include third-party inspections and testing, to help reduce liability issues. In particular, new requirements will help builders avoid common construction defects such as air leakage, improperly installed insulation and missing air barrier details that can result in drafts, uncomfortable temperatures and moisture problems. These defects can be easily detected using infrared cameras.
Gain Recognition Click to expand
Associate your company with a nationally recognized, trusted program to create market advantage. More and more Americans recognize the ENERGY STAR as the mark for high efficiency.
WHAT MAKES A HOME ENERGY STAR?
Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR meet rigorous EPA guidelines for energy efficiency typically making them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. Your home designs, layouts and option packages need not change to incorporate energy efficiency.
Effective Insulation Click to expand
When properly installed, it results in lower utility costs and a quieter, more comfortable home.
Tight Construction and Ducts Click to expand
Help reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while lowering utility and maintenance costs.
Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment Click to expand
When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, this equipment won’t have to work so hard to heat and cool the home.
High Performance Windows Click to expand
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies to help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer, also blocking damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
Efficient Products Click to expand
ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products – lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans and appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators and dishwashers.
Third-Party Testing Click to expand
The rater conducts on-site inspections and testing to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air sealing and duct sealing details. “Subcontractors send their best crews because they know their work will be inspected.”
WHY DO HOME BUYERS CHOOSE ENERGY STAR?
Building to ENERGY STAR specifications is a way to distinguish your building company. It also gives the home buyers an additional reason to select you to build their new home. Currently, ENERGY STAR logo enjoys a 70% recognition factor
among consumers. Begin Green with ENERGY STAR Blue.
Better Performance Click to expand
ENERGY STAR Homes deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pests,pollution and noise. An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability.
Lower Ownership Cost Click to expand
Compared with standard construction, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling and water heating— over the 7 or 8 years that a typical buyer lives in the home, it adds up to thousands of dollars saved. Additional savings on maintenance can also be significant.
Smarter Investment Click to expand
To date, more than 3,500 builders have partnered with EPA. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, buyers can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.
Added Confidence Click to expand
The government-backed ENERGY STAR makes it easy to identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Buyers can find the house of their dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing it also meets rigorous energy efficiency guidelines set by EPA and verified by an independent Home Energy Rater.
Environmental Protection Click to expand
ENERGY STAR qualified homes use less energy, and they help prevent greenhouse gas emissions—an added benefit for today’s environmentally conscious home buyers looking for “green” choices.
NAHB Green Certification
Through the National Green Building Program, the National Association of Home Builders 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 and are consistent with E2 Technologies’ sensible and cost effective approach to building science.
The National Green Building Program offers several resources and tools to help builders, re-modelers, home building associations, and homeowners learn how to build green, and the benefits of doing so. Specific program components can be viewed on their web page where you will find an on-line scoring tool and a wealth of educational tools and resources for home builders and home buyers.
LEED for Homes
Like NAHB Green certification, LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. LEED for Homes is designed to provide national consistency in defining the features of a green home and represents a consensus standard for green home building developed and refined by a diverse group of national experts and experienced green builders.
Due to the intensive nature of the LEED For Homes certification process, it may or may not be the ideal certification for a particular new home. It is intended to be the “gold standard” of green certifications,and because of this, can be more expensive than other certifications like ENERGY STAR and NAHB green certification.