To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20 to 30% more efficient than standard homes. Energy Star is a requisite for any green certified home built within the United States. There are many rebates, tax credits, and incentives from your utility if your home is an Energy Star Certified Home. As an Award Winning Asheville NC Custom Builder we have made the commitment to build every new home to Energy Star standards at a bare minimum so that our clients have more efficient homes and receive the 5% monthly utility bill discount from Progress Energy.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of "tried-and-true" energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. Some of the key components included in achieving Energy Star certification include upgraded insulation, better duct sealing, higher efficiency HVAC equipment, Energy Star Lighting, Energy Star Appliances, Windows, and tighter sealing of the homes envelope. Advantage Development Co. is an Asheville NC Custom Home Builder that understands the importance of building better, more energy efficient homes that have a lesser impact on our environment. Visit us at http://www.advdevco.com/ to learn more about custom home building.