NJ ENERGY STAR Homes
When choosing your new home, make sure the blue ENERGY STAR tops your list of "must haves". High-performance heating and cooling, energy-efficient windows, and tighter construction add up to a quieter, more comfortable home that is independently verified to use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. To make sure a home is truly energy-efficient, just look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label. 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 more energy than a traditionally built home, yet do not meet ENERGY STAR standards under the EPA.
NJ ENERGY STAR Homes (Tier 2) meets the EPA's version 3.0 requirements, which means these homes are 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%. These homes incorporate renewable energy into the building design. 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.
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.