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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.

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EPA Names DuctTesters ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Partner of the Year 2012DuctTesters, Inc earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

Modesto, CA 3/1/2012– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named DuctTesters, Inc as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its work as a Home Energy Rater. DuctTesters accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

DuctTesters, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2007, is being honored for their work in qualifying new homes to earn the ENERGY STAR. Home Energy Raters provide the evaluation, testing, and independent verification required for ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

DuctTesters has made promoting ENERGY STAR a standard way of business. By offering each home a look at what the ENERGY STAR standards look like against minimum code requirements, the builder really gets to see all the options. The builders and homeowners recognize the ENERGY STAR brand and want to understand the benefits and costs, so DuctTesters promotes the value and savings through education and analysis.

The DuctTesters approach to promoting ENERGY STAR is to first get the Builders “Buy In”. They really strive to get everyone to commit to what ENERGY STAR stands for including the construction crew, right on into the sales staff that deals with the potential buyer directly. Getting the construction team to commit gives them some personal involvement and a greater desire to make sure it is done right. The biggest benefit to the builder comes from getting the sales staffs to accept, understand and commit. When the sales team understands the ENERGY STAR motto, they gain a passion about it. They can tell everyone about the energy features of their homes and they present them with a passion that ultimately comes across to the buyer.

“The energy-efficient homes that earn the ENERGY STAR provide extra value for home buyers,” said Dave Hegarty, President of DuctTesters. “Homes built to ENERGY STAR standards are more comfortable, plus they ensure long-term savings on energy bills while protecting the environment and we are proud to promote it to our homebuilders.”

The 2012 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy-efficient homes in their community. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating – homeowners can expect to save about $200-$400 annually on their utility bills. Currently more than 6,700 builders across the nation are constructing homes that meet EPA’s strict guidelines for energy efficiency. More than 1.3 million American families now live in ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize DuctTesters as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “DuctTesters and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are working closely with builders and others in the home construction industry to adopt higher levels of energy-efficient building practices, making our nation’s new homes more affordable to own and more comfortable to live in.”

About DuctTesters, Inc
DuctTesters is a full service energy consulting and verification company. Since their establishment, they have grown from a training entity to a full blown energy consultant. They use a Third-Party consultant business model that allows them to provide insight and guidance to their clients, while assuring that they have the clients best interests in mind at all times. DuctTesters employs a team of Certified Energy Analysts who are dedicated to quality work and a team of Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Raters that ensure that the energy features proposed on paper are what actually gets installed during the construction process. Behind the scenes is a friendly office staff that supports it all and is eager to please each and every one of their clients.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).


California ENERGY STAR Version 3 made final

The EPA has posted the final Version guidelines for California on its Website.

EPA has also posted its responses to the comments and questions that were received and compiled during the draft guideline comment period. The final guidelines are nearly identical to those that were proposed during the comment period. The implementation schedule is defined as follows:

v3 implementation schedule

As you can see, Version 2.5 will require the completion all of the inspection checklists, with full enforcement of sections 3 & 5 of the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist only. This policy will provide more time for our partners to familiarize themselves with the inspection checklists prior to their enforcement under Version 3.

Note that EPA continues to provide an extended implementation timeline for low-income projects financed through low-income housing agencies, which is explained in the Version 2.5 and 3 program documents for California.

As always, DuctTesters is your go to source for all things Energy Star. With version 3, big changes were made and we strive to keep all our clients update to date on how if effects construction. Feel free to contact us and setup a meeting to discuss.