The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that more rigorous guidelines for new homes that earn the ENERGY STAR label will go into effect in January 2011. The new requirements, announced on April 19, will make qualified new homes at least 20 percent more efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), according to the EPA.

The EPA says this will “slash utility bills for qualified homes by 15 percent compared to IECC code-built homes.”

EPA officials say the updated requirements also will ensure that the government’s Energy Star label continues to deliver a significant increase in energy efficiency over homes that are built to code and standard builder business practices.

According to the EPA, key elements of the new guidelines for Energy Star qualified homes include:

A Complete Thermal Enclosure System: Comprehensive air sealing, properly insulated assemblies and high-performance windows.

Third-Party Verification: ENERGY STAR qualified homes require verification by independent Home Energy Raters who conduct a comprehensive series of detailed inspections and use specialized diagnostic equipment to test system performance.

CLICK HERE For more information about ENERGY STAR qualified homes.


1 Comment

  1. 20 percent increased efficiency and a 15 percent reduction in utility bills? I’ll take that. This seems like a great upgrade from the previous standard. I wonder what the costs will be?

    Jim Adams – CEO
    New Homes Directory .com

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