Environments for Living offers green building with a guarantee
To make it easier for builders to offer high performance homes, the Environments for Living program provides a roadmap for green building.
Masco Home Services' Environments For Living program provides a rigorous set of requirements for home builders who've made a commitment to go the extra mile. It's a program that treats a home as a "system of systems" that work together, with limited guarantees on comfort and heating/cooling energy use. And the Environments For Living Certified Green program adds even more benefits in areas like indoor environmental quality and indoor water conservation.
David Bell, director of Building Science for Masco Home Services, reviewed the Environments for Living program at the 2014 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference and Expo.
The Environments For Living program is an initiative of Masco Home Services, Inc., a Masco company. The program was launched in 2001, in response to a growing need for professional services to support regional and national homebuilders in applying building science and energy-efficient construction practices in the field.
Under the Environments For Living program, Masco Home Services offers a complete suite of turnkey services for builders. These include pre-construction plan reviews that use industry-standard home-energy analysis software, various inspection services, diagnostic testing utilizing industry-standard authentication tools. Builders can also take advantage of building science training, sales training, and marketing assistance. The program also offers homeowners limited guarantees on heating and cooling energy use and comfort.
The Environments For Living program is product neutral and does not require any specific manufacturer's products. The prescriptive, performance-based program structure was developed with the assistance of nationally recognized experts in the field of building science, Building Science Corp. and Advanced Energy. The program meets the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program and, at the Platinum energy level, meets the U.S. Department of Energy Building America® specifications.
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