For just three letters, EPS™ says a lot about a home. This energy performance scoring tool highlights the benefits of energy-efficient newly built homes and stands as a symbol of high performance and efficiency. EPS rated homes are built more efficient than a typical non-EPS home, and each is thoroughly tested so you can be confident in how they’ll perform.
What’s in a Score?
With EPS, you’re able to compare how similar-sized homes use energy, review the features that make energy-efficient homes stand out, and even see your estimated utility costs before you buy. To determine the score, a third-party verifier analyzes the home’s features and construction techniques and tests performance factors such as air leakage and duct tightness. Scores range from zero to 200+, with zero being the most energy efficient.View a sample EPS Scoresheet
Not just any home earns a score. EPS rated homes are built to save energy and include advanced framing and lighting, high-performance windows and insulation, energy-efficient appliances, heating and cooling equipment and more. All these features add up to give you:
- Comfort in every room
- Consistent temperatures
- Fewer drafts and air leaks
- Long-standing durability
- Low energy costs
- Healthy indoor air quality
Ready for Solar
EPS homes that are built solar ready allow for easier, more affordable solar installations. On top of that, the orientation and roof design are set up to get plenty of sun exposure to optimize a future system. When you work with a builder or your real estate agent, ask if the home has been built solar ready.
Experience EPS in Person
For a first-hand look at the benefits of EPS homes, connect with a real estate professional or talk to your builder. You can also view EPS model homes in your area or visit local home tours.
Our Smart Homebuyer Checklist can help you start a conversation with builders and real estate professionals about the aspects of a home that affect its level of energy efficiency and its score. The checklist outlines key energy components of the home so you’ll know what to look for and which questions to ask.Download the Smart Homebuyer Checklist
Accessory Dwelling Units
Interest in accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is rising fast as more homeowners see the value of having an extra living or rental space on their property. Because of their small size, ADUs can be built to use very little energy or generate their own if you plan ahead. Talk to your builder about efficiency and renewable energy options and getting an EPS for your detached ADU. You can also call 1.877.283.0698 or email us for more information.