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1 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED Rocky Mountain Green April 12, 2012 Kate Gregory & Sylvia Bienzle U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8

2 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED Learning Objectives: Identify the U.S. EPAs ENERGY STAR®(v.3), WaterSense®, Indoor airPLUS® and ENERGY STAR for Multifamily High Rise Residential programs and their nexus with LEED for Homes; Identify regional applications of this trio of programs; Identify the latest developments on the future evolution of the U.S. EPAs New Homes Programs.

3 Agenda: Introduction: EPAs Home Labeling Programs ENERGY STAR version 3.0 Indoor airPLUS WaterSense ENERGY STAR for Multifamily High Rise Residential Regional Use of ES/IAP/WS EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

4 ENERGY STAR for New Homes: Version 3 Guidelines EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

5 The ENERGY STAR brand promise Cost-effective Meaningful improvement in efficiency Equal or better performance EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

6 Getting ready for Version 3 Number of ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes

7 Getting ready for Version 3 Market Share of ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes

8 Implementation timeline Permit Date 2 Before 4/1/2011 3, 4 Between 4/1/2011 and 12/31/ On or after 1/1/ /1/20111/1/2012 Date of Final Inspection 1 Version 2: 2006 Guidelines Version 2.5: Core Version 3 energy efficiency measures with Air Barriers and Air Sealing sections of Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist; Other checklists completed but not enforced Version 3: Core Version 3 energy efficiency measures with all checklists completed and enforced Version 2 Version 2.5 Version 3 v3 v2 v2.5 v3 7/1/2012 v3 v2.5 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

9 Version 3: Added Value If you want your homes to be: AffordableComfortableDurable Building science says to have a: Complete Thermal Enclosure System Complete HVAC System Complete Water Management System 123

10 Version 3 in 2012 Core Efficiency Measures Guarantees that efficiency measures are included in every qualified home. System Inspection Checklists Sets standards for details that have a critical impact on efficiency, comfort, quality, and durability.

11 Value in every qualified home Guarantees that efficiency measures are included in every qualified home. – Prescriptive Path ENERGY STAR Reference Design – Performance Path ENERGY STAR HERS Index Target

12 Value in every qualified home Sets standards for often-overlooked details that have a critical impact on efficiency, comfort, quality, & durability. Reflects 15 years of experience from EPA, researchers, industry, and thousands of partners like you. Would you make the biggest purchase of your life, a home that will last decades, without someone inspecting these details?

13 Complete thermal envelope system! 1 Less than two pages, v erified by the Rater. Features – High-quality insulation installation. – High-performance windows & doors. – Tightly sealed home. – Reduced thermal bridging in walls. Why is this important? – A well-insulated and air-sealed home, with good windows and doors, reduces the amount of energy needed to keep the home comfortable.

14 Complete HVAC system! 2 Two checklists, each just two pages. One verified by Rater, one verified by the HVAC designer and contractor during their work. HVAC designer and contractor must be credentialed.

15 Complete HVAC system! 2 Features – A right-sized and properly installed heating, cooling, and duct system. – A ventilation system that meets the industry standard. – Reduced safety and air quality risks from combustion appliances.

16 Complete HVAC system! 2 Why is this important? – Improved airflow & efficiency maintain comfort with less energy. – Proper sizing costs less and better manages humidity levels. – Ventilation systems remove low-quality air, provide outdoor air, and filter dust and particles.

17 Complete water management system! 3 One page verified by the builder during construction. Features – Water-managed roof, walls, foundation, site, and building materials. Why is this important? – Prolonged moisture in walls, floors, and ceilings can cause rot and mold, hurting durability. – Wet walls, floors, and ceilings in air-sealed homes dont dry as quickly; therefore, its more important to not let them get wet.

18 Version 3: Added Value Value for builders – Better quality and process control – Reduced costs from warranty issues & customer complaints – Maximum value for money invested – Reduced callbacks for comfort issues Value for homeowners – Lower utility bills – Better comfort, durability, and quality – A more livable home

19 ENERGY STAR for New Homes: Version 3…and LEED EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

20 EPA ProgramLEED for Homes (2008) LEED for Homes (2012) ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Performance Pathway EA 1.1: ENERGY STAR for New Homes v.2/2.5 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Performance Pathway Incorporation of ENERGY STAR v.3 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

21 Indoor airPLUS for New Homes EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

22 Whats In It For You? For a minimal increase in your costs and home building efforts, add a nationally recognized and reputable label, so you can offer homes with features that help improve indoor air quality. We started looking at Indoor airPLUS and realized we were already doing most of the checklist." - Dave Griffin, Senior Vice President of Kettler Forlines Homes 8

23 Did You Know That… – We spend about 90% or more of our time indoors. – Indoor pollutant levels may be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors. – An average of 1 out of every 10 school-aged children has asthma. – EPA estimates that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related. 9

24 Indoor airPLUS –Gold Standard for indoor air quality. – Nationally recognized label. – Best construction practices paired with up-to- date technologies. – Quality assurance to a healthier indoor environment for consumers. – Quality assurance using a third party verifier for builders. Indoor airPLUS is a rapidly expanding program with over 700 partners who have built homes with features that reduce or prevent pollutants that can affect health. 10

25 Materials Moisture Control Pest Barriers Combustion Systems Ventilation & Filtration Radon Control Indoor airPLUS – Areas of Focus 11

26 Indoor airPLUS Verification Checklist 12

27 How to Build an Indoor airPLUS Home Step 2 Sign the Partnership Agreement Step 1 Review Tools and Materials Step 3 Build, Verify and Label Homes 17

28 Indoor airPLUS for New Homes…and LEED EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

29 EPA ProgramLEED for Homes (2008) LEED for Homes (2012) ENERGY STAR® for New HomesPerformance Pathway EA 1.1: ENERGY STAR for New Homes v.2/2.5 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Performance Pathway Incorporation of ENERGY STAR v.3 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Indoor airPLUS® for New Homes Indoor airPLUS as Alternative Pathway (full program) (F/K/A Indoor Air Package) Indoor airPLUS as alternative to all IEQ prerequisites and some specific credits EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

30 WaterSense for New Homes EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

31 What Is WaterSense? Voluntary partnership and labeling program launched by U.S. EPA in 2006 Simple way for consumers to identify products, new homes, and services that use less water and perform well Promotes simple behavior changes – Instill an ethic of water efficiency – Help address current and future water challenges

32 Where Is the WaterSense Label? Tank-Type Toilets – Over 1,000 labeled models Faucets/Faucet Accessories – More than 3,100 labeled models Urinals – 102 labeled products Showerheads – Final specification released March 2010 – Over 525 labeled models Professional Certification Programs – Irrigation designers, auditors, and installation/maintenance professionals who pass the certification can become partners Single-Family New Homes – WaterSense labeled new homes are designed to use 20% less water than traditional homes, both indoors and out Labeled products are listed at

33 Strength In Partnerships Manufacturers design and create products to meet specs Certification bodies test and label products Retailers/Distributors get products on shelves Builders construct water-efficient homes using products Certification providers inspect and label homes Irrigation partners help homeowners water more efficiently Promotional partners spread the word – Water utilities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and home builder associations

34 New Homes Specification: Indoors – Required items: Water service pressure maximum 60 psi Leak prevention measures WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures Other water-efficient plumbing fixtures Efficient hot water distribution system – Optional items must meet efficiency criteria, if installed: ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher or clothes washer (if appliances installed) Evaporative air conditioners Water softeners Drinking water treatment systems

35 New Homes Specification: Outdoors Front yard and improved-upon areas Landscape – Performance-based OR prescriptive turfgrass allocation – Vegetated slopes – Mulching requirements Other features (if installed) – Pools/spas are covered – Ornamental water features have beneficial use Irrigation system (if installed) – Designed or installed by WaterSense irrigation partner – Audited by WaterSense irrigation partner – Schedules required for homeowner GJ Gardner home in Colorado Springs. First WaterSense labeled home in Region 8, including Colorado!

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37 Benefits of Participation National specifications for water-efficient products and services Membership in a network of water efficiency experts – Learn new strategies – Collaborate with other types of partners Participate in national campaigns Recognition from EPA as a water efficiency leader

38 WaterSense for New Homes…and LEED EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

39 EPA ProgramLEED for Homes (2008) LEED for Homes (2012) ENERGY STAR® for New HomesPerformance Pathway EA 1.1: ENERGY STAR for New Homes v.2/2.5 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Performance Pathway Incorporation of ENERGY STAR v.3 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Indoor airPLUS® for New HomesIndoor airPLUS as Alternative Pathway (full program) (F/K/A Indoor Air Package) Indoor airPLUS as alternative to all IEQ prerequisites and some specific credits WaterSense® for New Homes WE 2: 4/4 Points WE 3: 6/6 Points 10/15 Points Total Incorporation of some WaterSense Guidelines as Prerequisite; Outdoor Water Calculator use is recommended; Pilot Credit awarded for compliance with WaterSense EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

40 Learn More To learn more about WaterSense and possible opportunities on water efficiency: For questions or more information: Toll-free Helpline: (866) WTR-SENS ( )

41 ENERGY STAR for Multifamily High Rise Buildings EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

42 New Homes Program – Single family – Low rise MF units – 4 or 5 stories (in-unit systems) – Manufactured Homes MFHR Program – 4 or 5 stories (central systems) – 6 or more stories Completing the ES Residential Picture

43 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED How ENERGY STAR Delivers Efficient, Durable Affordable, Comfortable Buildings Control Air Flow Control Thermal Flow Control Moisture Flow Efficient Equipment Verification Air Sealing Tight Ducts Air Barriers Pressure Balancing Air Sealing Tight Ducts Air Barriers Low –E Windows Right-Sizing Insulation Installation Ventilation Min. Thermal Bridging Air Barriers Efficient HVAC Efficient Lighting Efficient Appliances Modeling Protocols Licensed Professional or Rater T & V Protocols/ Checklists

44 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED ENERGY STAR Multifamily Programs Design Define energy efficient building Set requirements to demonstrate design intent Build Integrate market ready building science principles Set energy conservation measure performance testing requirements Perform Encourage strategic management though benchmarking*

45 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED Design Low Rise Multifamily ENERGY STAR Reference Design – 15% savings above 2009 IECC Prescriptive Path Performance Path – HERS Index Target High Rise Multifamily 15% cost savings above ASHRAE Prescriptive Path Performance Path – ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G – ENERGY STAR Simulation Protocols

46 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED Build Low Rise Multifamily ENERGY STAR v.3 Inspection Checklists – Thermal Enclosure – HVAC Installation – Water Management Verification performed by certified Home Energy Rater High Rise Multifamily ENERGY STAR Testing and Verification Protocols – Thermal Enclosure – Distributed and central HVAC and DHW – Other ECMs Verification performed by an energy consultant(s) and validated by a licensed professional

47 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED Perform Low Rise Multifamily Benchmarking is currently not a requirement for low rise multifamily units High Rise Multifamily Developer/owner must commit to benchmarking ENERGY STAR certified buildings using Portfolio Manager for a period of at least 2 years

48 EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED Multifamily Completions and Pipeline Low Rise Multifamily Low rise multifamily ENERGY STAR homes reported – Over 77,000 Units High Rise Multifamily ENERGY STAR High rise multifamily homes – Pilot Complete – 2605 Units (27 buildings) Pipeline – 813 Units (8 buildings) – Full Implementation Pipeline 11,773 units (158 buildings)

49 ENERGY STAR for Multifamily High Rise Buildings….& LEED EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

50 EPA ProgramLEED for Homes (2008)LEED for Homes (2012) ENERGY STAR® for New HomesPerformance Pathway EA 1.1: ENERGY STAR for New Homes v.2/2.5 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Performance Pathway Incorporation of ENERGY STAR v.3 as Prerequisite Meet or Exceed Indoor airPLUS® for New HomesIndoor airPLUS as Alternative Pathway (full program) (F/K/A Indoor Air Package) Indoor airPLUS as alternative to all IEQ prerequisites and some specific credits WaterSense® for New HomesWE 2: 4/4 Points WE 3: 6/6 Points 10/15 Points Total Incorporation of some WaterSense Guidelines as Prerequisite; Outdoor Water Calculator use is recommended; Pilot Credit awarded for compliance with WaterSense ENERGY STAR® for Multifamily Residential High Rise Not Included (Program Creation 2011) Uses ESMFHR simulation guidelines; compliance with ESMFHR one of two pathways for testing and verification EPAs New Homes Programs & LEED

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52 Why Label? Increased Brand Recognition Different Messages, Different Audiences Technical & Marketing Support Leverage Success!

53 Thank You! Kate Gregory, LEED® AP, BD+C ENERGY STAR Sylvia Bienzle WaterSense ENERGY STAR: energystar.gov/homes ES for MFHR: energystar.gov/mfhr WaterSense: epa.gov/watersense Indoor airPLUS: epa.gov/indoorairplus


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