STAR Inspection Services
We are proud to be an ENERGY STAR
Partner and to offer
new home ENERGY STAR Inspections and Certifications. The ENERGY
STAR certified home is the most well known energy efficient home on the
Since 2011, Energy Star has been in the process of upgrading to Version
The reasons for the change are simple. Energy Star was never meant to
mean just building an average home. That is what a building code
official is for.
The Energy Star label was always intended to showcase a home that was
better than average.
Their ulitmate goal is to be certfying net-zero energy usage homes by
The current building code has advanced to where a home built to
code standards would typically meet the Version 2.0 standards.
So Energy Star saw it as a time to raise the bar.
The changes they made are far reaching, but necessary if they are to
make any progress to the net-zero home.
Some of those changes are listed below:
A HERS Index target based on the size of the home and the number of
In the past a larger home has had an unfair advantage when the energy
model was developed for the HERS rating. Just as it is easier for an
elephant to maintain it's body heat compared to a mouse, a larger home
doesn't loose heat as quick as a smaller one. But elephants use more
overall heat than mice.
Energy Star has adjusted for this phenomenom by requiring larger homes
to achieve a lower HERS rating for certification than previously
Other changes include the program checklist. Where in the past they had
a single checklist that focused solely on thermal bypasses and
insulation levels, they now have 3 different checklists that focus on
the Thermal Enclosure System, HVAC Systems, and Water Management.
The Thermal Enclosure System
incorporates many of the features of the Version 2.0 checklist, but now
requires features that reduce thermal bridging such as advanced framing
techniques, energy heel trusses, and higher grade insulation
The HVAC Systems
2 checklists: one for the HVAC installer and a second one for the rater.
The HVAC installer is required to be a pre-registered member of an
organization such as ACCA (Air Conditioner Contractors of America) and
the design and installation of the system must be documented to reflect
organizational standards for load calculation, equipment sizing, duct
design, and equipment installation. Typically this is met by providing
a room by room Manual J for load calculation, using the Manual S to
size the equipment, designing the duct systems according to Manual D,
and then documenting flows, electrical and refrigerant readings, and
testing and balancing installed systems.
The rater checklist verifies that the HVAC provided documentation of
the required information and then verifies equipment models, certain
air flows, duct leakage, and equipment installation.
The Water Management Checklist
is a checklist developed to reduce the likelihood of moisture issues in
the home. A builder can also elect to follow the Indoor Air Plus
protocol in lieu
of the Water Management checklists.
Wheat Energy has worked in preparation for these changes by investing
in advanced training and equipment to serve our customers desiring this
- Initial Consultation
with a new builder to review
Energy Star Guidelines:
NOTE: THERE IS A 1
TIME CONSUTALTION FEE OF $195 FOR ALL BUILDERS NEW TO ENERGY
- Insure that the
builder/home buyer understands what ENERGY
STAR certification provides
- Review the certification
- Provide the builder a list
of information needed
to model the home including:
- window and door
- insulation location,
- water heater
- HVAC specifications
- Qualified HVAC installer
- Review and
Explain the Inspection Checklists
- Review Service Rates and
- Pre-building Modeling of the
- Air Sealing Site Visit for 1st time builder if requested
- Pre-drywall inspection of
the Home - post insulation /
pre drywall - required for certification
- Final Inspection of the Home
- Blower Door test
- Duct Leakage test(s)
- Air flow and ventilation tests
- Check any equipment
specifications not already confirmed
- Complete any checklist items not checked during predrywall
- Submission of the Home to
the Rating Provider for Final
- ENERGY STAR Certificate and
Supplemental Reports Obtained
Certification Benefits For the
- An ENERGY STAR
rating may qualify your home for an Energy Efficient Mortgage,
marketable to a larger pool of
- ENERGY STAR is a well known
vehicle for promoting energy
efficiency. Instead of confusing buyers with technical
terms it provides instant name
recognition of energy savings.
- An ENERGY
STAR rating provides you a
to explain the energy savings of your home in dollars and cents that
buyers and lenders can understand.
- An ENERGY STAR qualified
home has reduced
environmentally harmful emissions compared to the
home. You can market this feature to the environmentally
- Having your home certified
as ENERGY STAR efficient
a distinct marketing edge. You
can use this edge to stand out from a crowded field.
Certification Benefits For the
- Insisting on ENERGY STAR
Certification provides a
you to insure that the home being built for you meets the energy
standard you expect.
- Obtaining ENERGY STAR
Certification as part of the
provides you with a marketable asset when you decide to resell your
- Having ENERGY STAR
Certification for your
you or future buyers of the home for an Energy Efficient Mortgage
- Having ENERGY STAR shows
that you've taken significant
steps to reduce your family's
impact on the environment.
- An ENERGY STAR home by
definition uses less energy than the
average home. Saving energy means saving money throughout
the life of the home.