Version 3 of the ENERGY STAR New Homes Program contains some big changes. If you're a home energy rater, builder, or trade contractor (especially HVAC and insulation) who works on ENERGY STAR homes, you need to be aware of what's coming:
- Lower HERS Index
- 4 checklists instead of 1
- Grade I insulation installation (or continuous insulation plus Grade II)
- Mechanical ventilation
2012 is a transition year as Version 2.5 implements some but not all of the changes. After 1 July 2012, only version 3 is available.
ENERGY STAR Training
Energy Vanguard is offering two different classes to prepare stakeholders to be able to meet the new requirements.
HERS Raters & Providers - This 2 day class will be required of all ENERGY STAR Rater Partners and will cover all the new protocols for qualifying homes for the ENERGY STAR label.