ENERGY STAR®, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
U.S. Department of Energy program, helps us ail save money
and protect our environment through energy efficient products
and practices. For more information, visitwww.energystar.gov.
Working with ENERGY STAR as a Developer
Energy is on everyone's minds lately. From higher gas prices to higher utility
bills, Americans are feeling the pinch. So it's no surprise that today's new
homebuyers are increasingly concerned about energy efficiency. But how can
consumers know for sure that the home they are buying is truly energy efficient?
By looking for the blue ENERGY STAR label, the government-backed symbol for
energy efficiency.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines set by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy
efficient than required by code and include additional energy-saving features that
typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. They offer
homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-efficient
improvements that deliver better performance, greater comfort, and lower utility bills.
To be eligible for ENERGY STAR partnership, a developer must commit to requiring that all homes in
their community be qualified to earn the ENERGY STAR.
With ENERGY STAR partnership, developers can:
Gain Market Differentiation and Recognition. ENERGY STAR partnership distinguishes developers as
leaders in environmental stewardship through the creation of energy-efficient communities. This provides
valuable peer and public recognition that can translate into market advantages as consumers' demand for
energy efficient homes continues to grow.
Enhance the Ability to Attract Builders. When positioned
correctly, builders will understand that constructing ENERGY
STAR qualified homes in your development will lead to
market differentiation and recognition, as well as enhanced
customer satisfaction and increased revenue.
Capitalize on Growing Interest in Green Building. For
home builders and homebuyers interested in green building,
energy efficiency is the place to start. And the best way to
make sure that a new home is energy efficient is with
Gain Easier Access and Rights to Land Development. An increasing number of jurisdictions give
expedited permitting to developers that require energy efficient or green building for all homes in a
community. Contact your county and/or city to see if this is available in your area.
Get Support. As an ENERGY STAR partner, you can use EPA-
produced marketing, educational, and technical resources at no
cost, including:
•	Award programs
•	Listing on the ENERGY STAR Web site
•	Brochures, Fact Sheets, and a Marketing Toolkit
Learn more about becoming an ENERGY STAR partner at
Did You Know?
Constructing a community of 100 ENERGY
STAR qualified homes is the equivalent to:
•	Eliminating the emissions from ~50 vehicles;
•	Saving ~300,0Q0 lbs of coal;
•	Planting ~80 acres of trees; or
•	Saving the environment ~580.000 pounds of
C02 per year.