In the 21st Century, there is no reason why new homes shouldn’t be constructed as energy efficient homes. The technology is achievable, the knowledge attainable, and the contractors available. DeCosta Construction is an Energy Star Certified Contractor.To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes. Homes achieve this level of performance through a combination of energy–efficient improvements, including,
- Effective Insulation Systems
- High–Performance Windows
- Tight Construction and Ducts
- Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting and Appliances
To ensure that a home meets ENERGY STAR guidelines, third–party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater (or equivalent) is required. This Rater works closely with the builder throughout the construction process to help determine the needed energy–saving equipment and construction techniques and conduct required on–site diagnostic testing and inspections to document that the home is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label.
Since the inception of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program, the program’s requirements have evolved. Learn more about the history of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program.
Contact Us today and we’ll give you a tour of one of our Energy Star Homes.