Energy Efficiency Awards Sponsored and Judged by Efficiency Vermont
Efficiency Vermont certification is appropriate for homes that meet a defined set of efficiency standards, including high insulation R-values, minimal air leakage, controlled ventilation, efficient windows and doors, and ENERGY STAR certified appliances and lighting.
An air-tight, well-insulated home makes sense, especially when you are paying your heating bills in the middle of a long Vermont winter! But energy efficiency is hard to see, which makes it difficult to prioritize when it comes to home buying or home energy upgrade decisions.
The Vermont energy labeling working group sought to create an easy to understand a way to convey the entire energy picture of a home. In doing so, we were faced with some tough questions. How do you take something that is seemingly invisible and make it visible? How do we best utilize energy data to create a meaningful tool for consumers? What kind of visual representation would be the most impactful to the greatest number of people?
Certification as a high-performance home is for homes meeting today’s highest standards of energy efficiency. Compared with base level certification, it maximizes energy savings through increased insulation, windows and doors with lower U-factors, reduced air leakage, and optimized heating and cooling systems. This certification also readies your home for net-zero energy use, should you decide to add on-site renewable energy in the future.
Efficiency Vermont Energy Star Certified New Home:
Efficiency Vermont certified homes feature advanced insulation and ventilation, high-performance windows, efficient heating and cooling systems, and ENERGY STAR® certified lighting and appliances. The result is better air quality, increased comfort, lower energy bills, and a home that yields a higher resale value.
The National Green Building Standard™ certification goes well beyond saying a home is energy efficient; it provides independent, third-party verification that a home, apartment building, or land development is designed and built to achieve high performance in six key areas: Site Design, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Operation & Maintenance. Testing Homes to the Highest Green Standards We certify homes to the rigorous requirements of the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) – the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides practices for the design and construction of all types of green residential buildings, renovations, and land developments.
Vermont Energy Code Plus Supports meeting and exceeding Vermont's Residential Building Energy Standards (VT-RBES 2011, updated to higher energy efficiency standards)