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EnergyStar is an Environmental Protection Agency energy efficiency award that can only be achieved by adhering to and performing at a strict level of standards. Homes that are tagged with the EnergyStar logo are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to meet the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC). Typically, these homes also include additional energy-saving features that achieve 20-30% greater efficiency than standard homes.
Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water delivery. On average, an ENERGY STAR family household saves $200 to $400 annually. Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. Maintenance savings may also be substantial. If you choose to finance your home using an energy efficient mortgage, you may be entitled to additional savings.
To date, more than 5,000 ENERGY STAR home builders have partnered with the EPA to construct more than 840,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes. By the end of the decade, more than 2 million homes are expected to earn the ENERGY STAR. This trend is clear. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that your assets value will continue to increase up until the time comes to sell.
Schuyler Builders not only adheres to the ENERGY STAR standards, as a partnered builder, but extends their scope to go above and beyond the requirements in all projects.
For more information on EnergyStar, go to http://www.energystar.gov/.
As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, the ever growing need for building methods that minimize these impacts also becomes more apparent.
There is a new discipline in construction that fulfills this need, it is called Sustainable Building.
Sustainable Building accomplishes this task by:
- Making better use of natural resources
- Increasing energy efficiency in the home and building processes
- Reducing maintenance » Using local trade partners and suppliers