ENERGY STAR version 3 requirements are set to begin on any houses permitted after December 31.
The builder rebates will continue. We have heard mixed messages about whether the Federal tax credits will continue (we doubt it). The smaller lighting rebate is set to continue but we are not sure for how long.
There are several key issues to be aware of. We would be glad to meet with you prior to starting any of them, to make sure you hit the goals.
Some of the key factors to meet version 3:
- 6 sided enclosures at stairwells, knee walls, tubs & showers etc.
- Ensure equipment meets chosen pathway (HW & heating)
- Thermal enclosure checklist
- Water management checklist
- Advanced framing methods
- HVAC installer checklist
- HVAC installer credentialed for version 3
You are probably already doing most of this already. Regardless, it’ll be a good idea to run through the requirements prior to constructing any new homes. Although some of this is new and will have a learning curve we assure you in most cases, it won’t take too much to qualify.
If your HVAC Company isn’t credentialed yet – there is a short webinar to get minimally trained: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/987307656 This doesn’t cover anymore than just the basics and most (not all) installers will need to step up the quality of their installations. They will also be required to fill out a form that gets submitted back to us. They will need to document proper sizing and accompanying house factors on the form.