Latest Energy Star Home version streamlines certification

Latest Energy Star Home version streamlines certification

Certifying a home to meet Energy Star requirements, the first step in earning the Zero Energy Ready Home label, is easier with the latest updates.

The Department of Energy released Revision 08 of the ENERGY STAR Certified Home v3.0 specs in July 2015.  The DOE said that Revision 08 is the most significant revision of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes specs since the release of Version 3.  

It's one of the three key requirements to earn the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) label:

  • High efficiency levels;
  • Key performance measures addressing moisture, comfort, and IAQ; and
  • Renewable-readiness

Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the DOE's Building Technologies Office, said that solid building science is a critical foundation to ensuring that any new home – even code minimum - works well, and that is why DOE ZERH makes ENERGY STAR Certified Homes a prerequisite. 

"It’s crucial for our partners to be familiar with Revision 08 of the ENERGY STAR Certified Home v3.0 specs, just released in July 2015," Raskin said. "This update reduces the paperwork and streamlines the certification process, making it easier to certify a home under v3 or v3.1."

The update was intended to address top concerns identified by industry partners and will greatly reduce paperwork, better align the Energy Star certification process with a HERS rating, and continue to improve the efficiency of new homes without compromising quality, comfort, or durability.

Partners are permitted to use these Revisions immediately, at their discretion, but must apply them to all homes permitted on or after July 1, 2016. A longer transition period has been provided given the significance of Revision 08.

ENERGY STAR Certified Homes has several upcoming webinars specifically geared for builders, HVAC contractors and designers, and energy raters – with times, dates, and registration links listed here.

Read more about Energy Star homes and products.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Star

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