The utility, a sponsor of NHSaves, was recognized for its Energy Star Homes
Program in New Hampshire, which offers training and support for homebuilders during the construction, certification and completion of homes.
Hovnanian high-performance homes typically have lower scores than used homes, than new homes built to code in 2009, and even Energy Star homes
. (The HERS Index of an Energy Star home
is based on the compliance of EPA Energy Star New Home Version 2.0 for the local climate zone defined as being that or below a HERS Index of 85.)
Energy Star homes
include highly efficient cooling and heating systems, water protection, a thermal enclosure system, alliances and lighting throughout the home that are efficient, and an independent inspector that tests all these systems to be approved to be an Energy Star home
Bloom, Nobe, and Nobe analyze a sample of 150 Energy Star homes
and 150 other homes in Fort Collins, Colorado, and using a hedonic regression model find that Energy Star homes
sell for a premium.
This article focuses on the three programs that are most common in Austin: the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program, the Energy Star Homes
program, and the Environments for Living (EFL) program.
In the first years of the study, Energy Star homes
were 20% more energy-efficient than houses built simply to code but, by the last years, local code had become more stringent, and Energy Star homes
only were 13% more efficient.
The apartment buildings will be developed to meet Energy Star Homes
and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) Green Building standards for energy efficiency.
LEED-certified and Energy Star homes
built by Habitat for Humanity use 50 percent less energy than typical homes, and the organization hopes to soon reach net zero status for future projects by using solar power and other alternative energy.
Nine of the 16 homes featured in the tour were certified by either Earth Advantage - a nonprofit organization pushing for high performance residential construction - or Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes
, an Environmental Protection Agency program promoting the construction of energy-efficient houses.
13 New home energy ratings and 294 Energy Star homes
Perhaps the builder had been constructing ENERGY STAR homes
, and then constructed a BA prototype home before building a small 20 to 100 home community at proposed savings level.