To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes. By purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified home, you can have all the features you want in your new home, plus better performance, greater comfort, and lower utility bills -- all while helping to protect the environment by improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets strict energy efficiency guidelines. Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified homes, including where to find a builder.