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Energy Star for Builders
Do you want to sell more homes, increase your market share and attain a premium sales price?
Priority Energy can help you grow your green business and become an Energy Star Builder partner
Today’s buyers want a healthy living space with outstanding comfort, low operating costs and high quality construction. Builders can attain performance peace of mind, for themselves and their customers, by constructing homes that are Energy Star certified. Comparison studies show that homes with this added performance guarantee sell quicker and for a higher price than non-certified.
Building high performance Energy Star homes is easy and affordable with Priority Energy’s home performance services for contractors. We work with architects, builders, HVAC contractors and homeowners from conception to completion to make sure each Energy Star project meets the strict EPA requirements.
Benefits for Energy Star builders:
- Lower construction costs (with standardized practices and properly sized HVAC systems)
- Reduced callbacks from fewer comfort and structural complaints
- Nationally recognized advertising, co-branded marketing materials and higher SEO ranking with website links.
Priority Energy has certified hundreds of homes and buildings in the Chicago area, from custom estates to affordable housing. We know what it takes to make an Energy Star project run smoothly. Our HERS Raters will get you started with an energy model and a Manual J, D and S report to calculate energy use, HVAC size and ductwork design. Once construction is underway, we will perform third-party verification inspections, duct leakage tests and blower door tests.
Our money-saving service packages include all of the services you need, including project consulting and Aeroseal duct sealing, to achieve an Energy Star-rated home. Depending on your Energy Star certification goals, we can also guide builders and contractors through the Thermal Bypass, Mechanical System, Indoor Air Plus and Water Sense checklist procedure.
An ENERGY STAR certified new home includes:
- A complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.
- A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System that is designed and installed for optimal performance.
- A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
- Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed the Energy Star program in 1992 to save energy and protect the environment. An Energy Star contractor is committed to healthier homes, a safe environment and sound structures that will last a lifetime.
“More than half of the country’s builders expect that 60% of the homes they build will be green by the year 2020. Home remodelers expect to see the same growth in green projects.” Source: 2015 Green Homes SmartMarket Report and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Proven Value. A better investment for today and tomorrow.
ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes, making them a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.
Builders, HVAC contractors and many other professionals can become Energy Star partners. Learn more about ENERGY STAR at https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bldrs_lenders_raters.pt_bldr.
Want to build or buy an Energy Star certified home? Priority Energy can help.
Visit our Energy Star for home buyers page.
Priority Energy will lead a trial installation of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Extended Plate & Beam wall system for a Chicago-area home builder.
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