Home Performance with Energy Star

March/April 2003
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2003 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2003
Those who are charged with enforcing building performance standards in Canada's newest territory have miles to go before they begin.
        The EPA reported that 37,000 homes earned the Energy Star label in the first three quarters of 2002.When all the statistics are in, the total number of Energy Star homes should exceed 50,000 for last year, and 100,000 for the program since inception.Almost all of these were new homes.Another program, Home Performance with Energy Star, is an effort to use the extensive and growing awareness and credibility of Energy Star to promote whole-house, building sciencebased energy improvements in existing homes. While the goal of Home Performance with Energy Star is to save energy, its market-based approach and message address a range of customer needs—from comfort to durability to health and safety.The approach emphasizes consumer education, value, and one-stop problem solving.         How does an existing home earn the Energy Star label? Energy Star is not creating a new or secondary label for existing homes.Any home, whether newly built or 80 years old, that receives a HERS score of 86 or higher is Energy Star rated. (For more on HERS, see “How Do You Score a House?”HE May/June ’95, p. 30.)       &...

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