ENERGY STAR Homes Account for More Than 12 Percent of New Housing Construction in 15 States
In 2006, the percentage of newly constructed single family homes earning the government's ENERGY STAR® for superior energy efficiency exceeded 12 percent in 15 states. The 15 leading states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Vermont. Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR® offer homeowners all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-efficiency improvements that deliver better performance, greater comfort, and lower utility bills, all while helping to protect the environment.
To earn the ENERGY STAR®, homes must be independently verified as meeting the program’s strict guidelines for energy efficiency. These homes are least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code, and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20 to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes.
Home energy use accounts for nearly 17 percent of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 21 percent of energy consumption nationwide. For more than a decade, the ENERGY STAR® program has been working with the housing industry, utilities, states, and independent energy efficiency home ratings professionals to bring increased energy efficiency to the homebuilding industry. Today, more than 3,500 builders are committed to building ENERGY STAR® qualified homes. And there are ENERGY STAR® qualified homes in every state across the country.