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I am building a new home and would like it to be ENERGY STAR. What steps do I need to take to have this done? Follow

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. EPA. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of 'tried-and-true' energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution, including effective insulation, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, high performance windows, and efficient products. To get started, you'll need to work with a Home Energy Rater. You can find a list of Home Energy Raters using our Partner Locator. Your rater will review your home plans to determine if they meet ENERGY STAR guidelines and make recommendations to improve energy efficiency, if necessary. During the construction process, the rater will also conduct inspections and perform diagnostic tests to ensure that your home qualifies to earn the ENERGY STAR. Find out more about the energy-efficient features of ENERGY STAR homes.

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