Posts from October 2011

'Welcome Home' Campaign Update

31 Oct

Thank you to all those who participated and helped promote the Welcome Home sweepstakes.  The campaign concluded on Sept 30, receiving 1,131 entries from over 80 Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes across the four-state region. The winner of the $25,000 grand prize will be announced shortly by press release and website. Results from the campaign will be distributed to all participating builders, as well as an overview to all program partners in November.

 

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2011 ENERGY STAR Spec News

31 Oct

Updated BOPs for Idaho, Montana and Washington and the current BOP for Oregon can be downloaded here. Please be sure to check the website regularly for updates to the most recent BOPs, as they are adjusted accordingly when the EPA implements changes. Refer to the date on the bottom left of the BOP to know when updates have been made.

 

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ENERGY STAR Cost Calculator

31 Oct

The ENERGY STAR Cost Calculator is designed for builder/verifier teams to evaluate the design of v3 Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes. By inputting current construction practices and then choosing the path for certification, the builder/verifier team can quickly identify where attention is needed or which certification path (in Oregon and Washington) most closely aligns with their current methods.

Both costs and incentives can be added into the calculator to estimate total new costs to the builder to achieve certification.

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New Appraisal Addendum Accounts for Energy Efficiency Measures

18 Oct

A new appraisal addendum will make it easier for energy-saving features in a home to result in higher valuations, the Washington Post reported on October 7th.  The three-page addendum, published at the end of September by the Appraisal Institute, can be attached to a standard appraisal document and is designed to provide adequate space for recording energy-saving features that are often overlooked on traditional reports.

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25% of All U.S. Homes ENERGY STAR Certified in 2010

5 Oct

HousingZone.com reported on Friday that one in four single-family homes built in the U.S. in 2010 achieved ENERGY STAR certification.  This rate is an increase from 21% of all homes achieving the ENERGY STAR label in 2009.  Read more about the EPA's announcement of the certification increase here.

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