Energy Efficient New Home Construction

Energy Code Compliance For New Homes

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Azimuth Home Energy Solutions specializes in providing code compliance certifications for new home. We are well versed in the “Stretch” energy code employed in about half of Massachusetts communities, as well as the newer 2012 IECC (International Energy Commission Code) code which has been utilized since July 2014 in the other cities and towns.

Here’s our process for new home code compliance;

  1. Review plans. Gather specifications for mechanicals, windows, and insulation.
  2. Input specifications into REM/Rate software for projected HERS rating.
  3. Review projected HERS score relative to code standards. Current codes require HERS maximum of 65-70 depending on prevailing code.
  4. Provide a projected HERS certificate and letter of code compliance for building permit.
  5. Meet with Contractor and subcontractors on site to review code requirements, best practices, and testing protocol to clarify expectations.
  6. Inspect, photodocument, and certify insulation following installation, prior to sheetrock or plaster installation
  7. Test duct systems for air tightness/leakage following installation. Provide air tightness certification.
  8. Blower door building shell leakage test upon completion
  9. Photodocument all mechanical equipment and appliance model info.
  10. Testing of ventilation equipment
  11. Completion of Energy Star Thermal Envelope Checklist
  12. Final HERs rating certificate, code compliance certification

Mass Save for New Homes

The Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program promotes the construction of energy efficient homes in cities and towns with investor owned gas and electric utility providers. Monetary incentives ranging from $350-$7000 are available to program participants who complete home that meet all of the program requirements. The program requires that you work with a HERS rater to guide you through the program and verify that you meet all of the program requirements. Mass Save provides free CFL and LED light bulbs for participating homes. Incentive levels are determined based on the completed home’s efficiency, as well as the efficiency of the installed mechanical equipment.

Energy Star New Homes Program

ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability.

Tried–and–true building practices, such as flashing, moisture barriers, and heavy–duty membranes, are employed to effectively drain water from the roofs, walls, and foundations of every ENERGY STAR certified home.

What is an ENERGY STAR® Home?

ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program that helps us all save money and protect our environment with energy-efficient products and practices. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel your home, or buy a new house, ENERGY STAR can help. More than 60 types of products, including appliances, televisions, computers, heating and cooling equipment, and even new homes can earn the government's ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR also offers best-practice solutions to make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy costs.

Building Efficiency Resources Home Energy Raters are proud to provide rating services to qualify new homes for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Even in states with more rigorous energy codes, the U.S. EPA ensures that ENERGY STAR remains the symbol for truly energy-efficient performance. These homes are good for businesses, consumers, and the environment.

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Benefits of an Energy Star® Home

An Energy Star® certified new home provides numerous benefits. Learn more about the benefits of an ENERGY STAR HOME.