What goes into an ENERGY STAR® home?

Built better from the ground up

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Built better from the ground up

Built better from the ground up

illustration of a cross-section of an energystar home

Built better from the ground up

What makes ENERGY STAR homes different?
You won’t always see the difference. But you’ll feel it. Get an overview of how ENERGY STAR homes are constructed.


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Keeping the savings in

  1. ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors and skylights reduce heat loss.
  2. Better insulation is installed in the walls, roof and basement, then tested to ensure a proper barrier between you and the elements outside.
  3. Air sealing reduces leaks, drafts and utility bills.
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  • Airtight construction
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    Keeping the savings in

    1. ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors and skylights reduce heat loss.
    2. Better insulation is installed in the walls, roof and basement, then tested to ensure a proper barrier between you and the elements outside.
    3. Air sealing reduces leaks, drafts and utility bills.
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  • Efficient temperature control
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    Consistent comfort

    1. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and ductwork are professionally installed to maximize performance.
    2. High-efficiency heating and cooling equipment is properly sized to reduce cold spots and save energy.
    3. Ducts are sealed to reduce air leakage.
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  • Better ventilation
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    Breathe easy

    1. High-performance ventilation improves air quality by removing stale air and distributing fresh outdoor air evenly.
    2. Filters reduce pollutants and dust.
    3. Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilation (HRV/ERV) captures heat and energy to improve comfort and cut costs.
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