Builders & Homeowners Should Use Energy Star for Quality Control.

Builders & Homeowners Should Use Energy Star for Quality Control. 

Energy Star for new home construction will be upgraded to version 3 on January 1st, 2012. (ESv3)

Energy Star program is a third party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater and is really a quality control feature to make sure that the builder has followed proper instructions and has done the work to the proper requirements.

With Connecticut about to  upgrading their building and energy codes  to the 2009 IECC energy codes, the ESv3 could help new home owners and builders achieve and meet these new requirements.

Energy Star homes are 20-30% more efficient than standard homes with emphasis on being able to verify that the proper installation and building practices have been met in:

  • Building Thermal Enclosure
    • Insulation system
    • Envelope of building
    • High performance windows
  • HVAC system, including ducts
  • Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances
  • Water Management system and/or Indoor Air Quality


The Energy Star ver. 3 program includes checklist to document that your contractor/builder has built to the 2009 IECC energy code and has followed proper manufacture directions for installation of the thermal barrier, windows & doors, HVAC system and to follow energy efficient building codes such as proper insulation installation and efficient lighting fixtures.

Residential building technology and science have made dramatic advancements in the past few years and manufacture installment instructions have changed and adopted different requirements in response. Many of these procedures do not follow the same procedure that they did 2 to 5 years ago.  In Connecticut local building supply store Rings End Lumber provide free educational events to inform and educate their contractors of the changes.

For example:

Exterior house wrap needs to be taped with manufacture recommended tape at all joint and installed with 1 inch button nails

High performance windows need to follow installation directions of manufacture or warrantee is void; this includes proper water flashing procedures.

HVAC systems need to be verified that components are compatible and that duct work has a minimum of leakage and are properly installed & insulated.

Proper air sealing around the exterior of a house, fiberglass insulation is not an air sealer, use caulk or foam.

To find Builders, Raters and other Energy Star Partners in Connecticut click here.

In Connecticut as of October 2011 there are:

  • 8,239 Energy Star qualified homes
  • 260 Energy Star qualified homes built in 2011 to date
  • 553 Energy Star qualified homes built in 2010
  • 102 Energy Star for Home Partners.

David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien.   
A resident of Fairfield County for over 40 years with a background in residential construction and property management.

  • NAR Green designee.
  • David Popoff is an accredited LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Homes and USGBC member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
  • Associate member and an accredited Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the local chapter HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .
  • Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.
  • Member of the Darien MLS, Greenwich MLS & Greater Fairfield County, Ct MLS.
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