Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Energy Star Certified

Southern Meadows and Skyline Homes are proud to be green home builders in Delaware. We take pride in the fact that we are an Energy Star builder and live an eco friendly lifestyle. Being Green is more than just recycling a few cans. It’s about leaving the planet a better place.
At Southern Meadows we do all we can to use eco friendly materials, green insulation and we keep educated to ensure that we are practicing the most environmentally safe home building.
What does it take to build an Energy Star Certified home? Read this short description from EnergyStar.gov to find out.

To earn the ENERGY STAR certification, a new home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homes achieve this level of performance through a complete package of building science measures including:
  • A Complete Thermal Enclosure System – Comprehensive air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows work together to enhance comfort, improve durability, reduce maintenance costs, and lower monthly utility bills.
  • A Complete Heating and Cooling System – High-efficiency systems that are engineered and installed to deliver more comfort, better moisture control, improved indoor air quality, and quieter operation.
  • A Complete Water Management System – A comprehensive package of best building practices and materials protects roofs, walls and foundations from water damage, provides added protection, and reduces the risk of indoor air quality problems.
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting and Appliances – ENERGY STAR certified lighting, appliances, and fans are commonly installed throughout ENERGY STAR certified homes, helping to reduce monthly utility bills, while providing high-quality performance.
To ensure that a home meets ENERGY STAR guidelines, third–party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater (or equivalent) is required. This Rater works closely with the builder throughout the construction process to help determine the needed energy–saving equipment and construction techniques and conduct required on–site diagnostic testing and inspections to document that the home is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label.
To learn more about how a home becomes Energy Star Certified please visit Energy Star.gov .

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