EPS and Home Certifications

As superior energy performance becomes standard in new home construction, you’ll likely see names like ENERGY STAR, Earth Advantage and LEED during your home search. Each of these popular certifications indicates top quality, and they can all work in tandem with EPS. So when you buy or build an EPS rated home, there’s plenty of reason to be confident in how it will perform.

 

ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR rated homes achieve a high level of efficiency with energy-saving components such as high-performance windows, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, appliances and insulation. ENERGY STAR certification requires that homes be at least 15 percent more efficient than homes built to the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code, as verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater.

Earth Advantage New Homes®
Earth Advantage adds sustainability features and building processes to ENERGY STAR guidelines to produce homes that use natural resources more responsibly. Earth Advantage New Homes awards three levels of certification—silver, gold, or platinum—based on the building’s score in five categories: energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, resource efficiency, environmental responsibility and water conservation.

LEED® for Homes
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification program operated by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED for Homes aims to increase energy and water efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, thoughtfully use natural resources and improve indoor environmental quality.

The LEED rating system measures a home’s performance in eight categories: site selection, water efficiency, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, location and linkages, awareness and education and finally, innovation. A home’s combined score, verified by a third-party inspector, will determine the level of LEED certification—certified, silver, gold or platinum.

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