We are thinking of building a new home and are hearing a lot about using individual Energy Star-rated products. Is it also possible to build an Energy Star-approved home?
Yes, and it's a wonderful idea, too. Energy Star-qualified homes are independently verified to be at least 30 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 1993 national Model Energy Code or 15 percent more efficient than state energy code, whichever is more rigorous. These savings are based on heating, cooling and hot water energy use. What we really like about the Energy Star home program is that it requires independent verification, including rigorous testing, after the home is built to qualify for the Energy Star approval. Not only will an Energy Star-rated home provide you with years of energy savings, it may also qualify for an Energy Star mortgage with an interest rate delivering even greater savings.