Links to Energy Programs and Organizations
ENERGY STAR™ — A program of the US EPA. From a builder’s perspective, Energy Star is primarily a marketing tool. The program relies on Energy Raters to provide the backbone of technical support to the building community. ENERGY STAR has achieved market transformation in some markets, specifically Phoenix and Las Vegas. There are multiple opportunities to use ENERGY STAR resources to position a company’s energy efficiency efforts. Of all programs, ENERGY STAR has the greatest brand recognition. Please contact Robby Schwarz with any questions on ENERGY STAR for homes.
DOE Challenge Home – Since 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Builders Challenge program has recognized hundreds of leading builders for their achievements in energy efficiency—resulting in over 14,000 energy efficient homes and millions of dollars in energy savings. The DOE Challenge Home — an ambitious successor to the Builders Challenge program — represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.
LEED for Homes — A rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste, and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home. Visit our LEED contact page for more info.
Building America — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program is an industry-driven, cost-shared research program to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technologies and practices in new and existing homes.
WaterSense – The US EPA created WaterSense to help protect the future of our nation’s water supply. Because residential water use accounts for more than half of the publicly supplied water in the United States, WaterSense has a specification for single-family new homes that use 20% less water than a typical new home. A WaterSense labeled home is primarily a marketing tool that can help your new homeowner’s save water now, pay less for utilities every month and protect resources for future generations.
EEBA — The Energy and Environmental Building Association. This is a membership organization that provides its members with educational opportunities to learn of the latest in building science. The annual conference is the primary activity and brings together the best and brightest of the building science industry.
Standard Setting and Trade Organizations
ACCA — Air-Conditioning Contractors of America. This is an organization of contractors whose goal is to help contractors be successful. A large part of its effort is education and awareness of good practice.
ASHRAE — The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. This body sets many of the standards that govern good heating and cooling system design and installation.
NAIMA — North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. This is a trade organization for insulation manufacturers which sets standards and conducts research.
RESNET — The Residential Energy Services Network. This is the overseeing body for the energy rating industry. Standards are set in conjunction with the mortgage lending industry in order to provide a sound technical and ethical foundation for the performance of energy ratings.