There are currently 3 programs across the nation that offer a third party certification for energy efficiency.
Included in this threesome are:
- Energy Star rated homes are considered 20-30% more energy efficient than a traditionally built home. There are energy saving features that are required which include more effective insulation, tighter construction practices , higher performing windows and more efficient heating and air conditioning. In order for a home to receive this Energy Star rating, the builder must meet certain specific construction requirements. Visit www.energystar.govfor more information.
- National Green Building Standard is number two. These homes set certifications required for site development, indoor environment, homeowner education, and resource, energy and water. Visit www.nahbgreen.org.
- LEED for Homes is a rating system with standards for a variety of categories, including the material built into a home, air quality, location and water efficiency. A LEED-certified home uses 20-30% less energy than a home built to the 2006 International Conservation Code. Go to www.usgbc.org for additional information.