Over 65% of all new residential construction in Southern Nevada is built to ENERGY STAR standards. Additional advanced building programs that require homes be tested to ENERGY STAR specifications are numerous and include programs such as:
- LEED for Homes
- NV Energy’s Energy Plus
To earn the ENERGY STAR label, 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 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.
Upon completion of the plan review, we will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. Then we conduct onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index and the thermal bypass checklist for the home.