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Make your new home ENERGY STAR Certified. With great energy efficiency benefits, and receiving the ENERGY STAR Badge, your new home will meet rigorous requirements and use up to 15% – 30% less energy.

The ENERGY STAR Difference

The blue ENERGY STARĀ® certified label on a new home means it was designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today. When ENERGY STARĀ® requirements are applied to new home construction; the result is an energy-efficient home from the ground up that is less expensive to operate, more comfortable to live in, and more environmentally friendly.

Building Envelope
A typical home contains a half-mile of cracks and gaps behind walls and around windows and doors, along with dozens of holes for pipes, vents, ducts, lighting, and wiring. Sealing these openings with a comprehensive air sealing package helps to significantly reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise.
ENERGY STAR builder participants must meet all of the requirements of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standard to ensure that:

  • Your new home is sufficiently airtight to reduce leaks and drafts
  • Correct levels of insulation are selected to provide whole-house comfort.
  • Insulation is installed properly to deliver the best performance.

Lighting and Appliances
The lighting and appliances in your home come with two price tags—the purchase price and the cost to operate and maintain them. ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances meet energy efficiency guidelines that deliver better performance, provide better quality, and help reduce home operating costs through lower monthly utility bills while creating the style you are looking for in a new home.

Heating and Cooling System
Heating and cooling can cost the average homeowner more than $1,000 a year—nearly half of the total energy bill. To help reduce these costs, ENERGY STAR certified homes come equipped with heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) systems that are designed and installed to optimize performance, lower utility bills, keep you more comfortable, and provide better moisture control, better indoor air quality, and quieter operation. During design and construction, ENERGY STAR builder participants must meet the requirements of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes initiative to ensure that the home has:

  • Efficient heating and cooling systems that use less energy, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of your home
  • Ducts that are properly sealed to reduce air leakage, comfort problems, and expenses
  • Air is filtered and a mechanical ventilation system that draws in outside air is provided to reduce indoor air pollutants.

How New Homes Earn ENERGY STAR
A home that meets the ENERGY STAR for New Homes standard achieves this level of performance through a complete package of building science-based energy efficiency systems and measures that are third–party verified by an energy advisor. Many steps are taken by the builder and advisor during design and construction to ensure all ENERGY STAR requirements are met and verified – proof is in the ENERGY STAR certificate and label.

The ENERGY STAR® name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.