New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes
There are over 1.5 million homes in the United States that have been built to ENERGY STAR standards. The ENERGY STAR label on a new home means:
- It has been designed and built to standards well above most other homes
- Better quality, wall to wall comfort and durability
- Better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow
- Better process for inspections, testing and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by EPA
- High-performance heating and cooling, energy-efficient windows, and tighter construction
- Less energy use and overall savings
- An ENERGY STAR certified home can help you save about $200 to $400 a year on utility bills.
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Built with energy-efficient systems and measures, a New Jersey ENERGY STAR Home is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be at least 15%-50% more energy efficient than a standard home. Best of all, any builder is eligible to participate in the program.
There are different levels of energy efficiency when building new homes:
New Jersey ENERGYEfficient Homes (Tier 1) These homes have energy efficient characteristics and save about 15% more energy than a traditionally built home, yet do not meet ENERGY STAR standards under the EPA.
New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes (Tier 2) meets the EPA's version 3.0 requirements, which means these homes are 20-25% more energy efficient than traditionally built homes and meet all EPA ENERGY STAR Homes standards.
Climate Choice Homes (Tier 3) promote innovation in building design, materials, techniques, and operation in order to achieve energy savings of at least 50% before the addition of on-site renewable energy generation. See the video below to learn more.
The Climate Choice Homes (CCH) tier encourages the construction of homes that use advanced, high efficiency building products, practices, lighting, appliances and renewable energy. This tier promotes innovation in building design, materials, techniques and operation in order to achieve energy savings at least 50% better than International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2009.
This video documents how one participating builder - Habitat for Humanity - has incorporated these advanced building techniques in a townhouse development in Paterson, NJ. Highlights include a discussion of effective air sealing strategies, exterior rigid insulation and sub-slab insulation.
In 2013, our support for ENERGY STAR certified homes was equivalent to:
- Eliminating the emissions from 1,047 vehicles
- Saving 439,230 pounds of coal
- Planting 4,118 acres of trees
- Saving homeowners $882,600 on their utility bills
Hurricane Sandy Relief
To help New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy's impact, the Smart Growth requirement to obtain incentives for qualified projects was waived. Projects enrolled on or after October 29, 2012 were waived within Hurricane Sandy designated storm damaged areas.
Note: Effective June 7, 2013, the Smart Growth requirement was waived for all new construction projects that did not commence construction prior to June 7, 2013.
If you are not building a new home or not doing full gut rehab on your home, please visit Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to make your existing home more energy efficient.