Improved Energy Star Version 3 for Your Home, 2012
With many states upgrading their building and energy codes the EPA’s Energy Star for New Construction Homes program (ESv3) will be upgraded to version 3 starting January 1st, 2012. Energy Star homes are 20-30% more efficient than standard homes with emphasis on being able to verify that the proper installation and building practices have been met in:
- Thermal Enclosure
- Insulation system
- Envelope of building
- High performance windows
- HVAC system, including ducts
- Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances
- Water Management system and/or Indoor Air Quality
The majority of the program and the included checklist are to document that your contractor/builder has built to the 2009 IECC energy code and has followed proper manufacture directions for installation of windows, thermal barrier, HVAC system and also energy efficient building codes such as proper insulation installation, efficient lighting fixtures.
This third party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater is really a quality control feature to make sure that the builder has followed proper instructions and has done the work to the proper requirements.
Manufacture installment instructions have changed and adopted different requirements in response to the recent advancements of residential building technology and science. Many of these procedures do not follow the same procedure that they did 2 to 5 years ago. Many local building supply stores such as Rings End Lumber provide free educational events to inform and educate their contractors of the changes.
Exterior house wrap needs to be taped with manufacture recommended tape at all joint and installed with 1 inch button nails
High performance windows need to follow installation directions of manufacture or warrantee is void; this includes proper water flashing procedures.
HVAC systems need to be verified that components are compatible and that duct work has a minimum of leakage and are properly installed & insulated.
Proper air sealing around the exterior of a house, fiberglass insulation is not an air sealer, use caulk or foam.
David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien.
A resident of Fairfield County for over 40 years with a background in residential construction and property management.
- NAR Green designee.
- David Popoff is an accredited LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Homes and USGBC member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).
- Associate member and an accredited Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the local chapter HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .
- Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.
- Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.
- Member of the Darien MLS, Greenwich MLS & Greater Fairfield County, Ct MLS.