ENERGY STAR certifications are often held up as the standard for green and energy-efficient homes. In many ways, that certification is the standard—or at least a solid baseline—for new homes that have an eye toward sustainability and their occupants’ long-term health. So, what are the hallmarks of an ENERGY STAR-certified home? Per energystar.gov, you can expect:
- Better quality
- Better comfort
- Better durability
- Reduced utility and maintenance costs
To achieve these results, these homes are built to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and undergo more inspections and testing by certified professionals than typical new homes. Those professionals analyze a variety of systems within the home and look for:
- A complete thermal enclosure system with comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed installation and high-performance windows.
- A high-efficiency heating, ventilation and cooling system.
- A comprehensive water management system to protect roofs, walls and foundations from moisture damage.
- Energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
ENERY STAR raters and inspectors will conduct on-site testing and inspections to verify energy-efficiency measures and determine if the home does, in fact, meet the ENERGY STAR certification requirements. If the home meets all of the requirements, it will be ENERGY STAR certified. You can usually find your certification sticker on the home’s fuse box.
As a result of these improved, ENERY STAR-approved systems, you’ll undoubtedly notice increased comfort, reduced noise, improved air quality and more consistent temperatures throughout the home. You’ll also enjoy a home that’s 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and has a better resale value when it comes time to sell.
How Paul Allen Green Homes Goes the Extra Step
Paul Allen Green Homes meet the ENERGY STAR standards and more. Every one of our homes is inspected by a third party that verifies energy efficiency across multiple systems as part of the New Mexico Green Building Program.
The result is a HERS report, or a Home Energy Rating Score, that estimates the total cost to power a home for an entire year—specifically for a family of four living at a year-round temperature of 70 degrees. The lower the HERS score, the better your energy savings!
ENERY STAR Is Only the Beginning
At Paul Allen Green Homes, our primary goal is to build new green homes in Albuquerque that have long-term sustainability at an affordable price point. We go beyond ENERGY STAR certifications to maximize green living without sacrificing modern design and style. You can be confident that your home was built to stringent sustainability standards and equipped with state-of-the-art systems designed to maximize your energy efficiency and energy savings.
We attach all of our independently tested green-engineered documents to the deed and title of our homes to ensure that they’re always set apart from other homes in the area.