Tag: Energy Efficient Home

 

U.S. EPA Thanks DuctTesters Again for ENERGY STAR Homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanked DuctTesters for contributing 14 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2016 and for the continued commitment in energy-efficient new homes.  DuctTesters is once again proud to be an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Partner in 2017, helping homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that comes with living in an Energy Star certified home.  ENERGY STAR is a joint voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps businesses and individuals save energy and fight climate change through energy efficient products, homes, and buildings.

In order to earn the ENERGY STAR label on a new home, a certified third-party organization (such as DuctTesters) must verify the home’s energy efficiency against the label’s mandatory minimum compliance requirements. If you are interested in certifying and/or obtaining an ENERGY STAR Certified Home, feel free to contact DuctTesters or see the National Program Requirements.

Certified Energy Star Partner

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U.S. EPA Thanks DuctTesters For 42 ENERGY STAR Homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanked DuctTesters for contributing 42 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2015 and for the continued commitment in energy-efficient new homes.  DuctTesters is once again proud to be an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Partner in 2016, helping homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that comes with living in an Energy Star certified home.  ENERGY STAR is a joint voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps businesses and individuals save energy and fight climate change through energy efficient products, homes, and buildings.

In order to earn the ENERGY STAR label on a new home, a certified third-party organization must verify the home’s energy efficiency against the label’s mandatory minimum compliance requirements. There are two paths to certify a home to earn the ENERGY STAR. The Prescriptive Path is based on a predefined package of improvements, while the Performance Path is based on a customized package of upgrades. The National Program Requirements define the core energy efficiency specifications for both the Prescriptive and Performance Paths. If you are interested in certifying and/or obtaining an ENERGY STAR home, feel free to contact us or see the National Program Requirements.

ENERGY STAR RATER IN CA, AZ and NV

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California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) announces Project of the Quarter (2015 Q2)

Each quarter, CAHP recognizes a project exceeding Title 24 by the highest percentage.  The top project of Quarter 2, 2015 is Artisan, by Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes.   DuctTesters is proud to have been the energy consultant and HERS rater for this beautiful energy efficient home.

Wathen Castanos Hyrbrid Homes

Photo courtesy of Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes Inc.

The Energy Efficient and Sustainable Measures achieved:

  • Windows with a U-factor of: 0.31 – 0.34 (The lower the U-factor, the better the window insulates and prevents heat from escaping the building)
  • The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) was 0.22 – 0.33 (this measures the portions of solar energy transmitted and lets you know how well the product blocks the heat coming from the sun).
  • Air Condition Split System with 16 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) and 13 EER (Energy Efficiency Rating).  The higher the SEER or EER, the higher the efficiency and the less energy the unit will consume.  A SEER measurement is used for a room while the EER measurement is used for a central air conditioning.
  • Central Furnace 96% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency).  AFUE is a percentage of heat in the incoming fuel which is converted to space heat instead of being lost.  The higher the percentage, the more efficient.
  • R-17.75 Exterior Wall Insulation System.  R-value is a unit of thermal resistance of material(s) – such as insulation panels. The R-value varies based on a solid material’s resistance to conductive heat transfer.  The larger the R-value, the greater the material or materials will resist heat, hence a more efficient insulating product.
  • Insulated R-8 Ducts
  • Low Flow 1.28 Gallons Per Minute Plumbing Fixtures
  • 0.82 EF Tankless Water Heater
  • Solarban 70XL Windows with Argon Gas
  • Fluorescent Lighting

Be sure to read California Advanced Homes Program article here:   http://cahp-pge.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2015-CAHP-Q2-Newsletter_v3_062415.pdf  and/or

Professional Builder Magazine’s Article: 2014 Housing Giants: The Long Road To Energy Efficiency: http://www.probuilder.com/2014-housing-giants-long-road-energy-efficiency

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