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December 29, 2013
Although our federal government is notorious for bad decision making (or no decision making), sometimes it does good work. One example is Energy Star. Energy Star, a federal certification program with many facets, is one of the most recognized brands in the world. In the building world, the Energy Star Certified Homes program has been widely accepted by builders and consumers (see “Energy Star Homes—Predictions, Performance, and Real-World Results,” HE Jan/Feb ’11, p. 28). More than one million Energy Star 2.0 homes have been built since the inception of the voluntary program. (The current version, officially launched in January 2012, is 3.0.) EPA manages Energy Star.

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