Southface’s building science experts have been working with ENERGY STAR®, a national program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, since its inception. ENERGY STAR offers a comprehensive approach to reducing energy use and costs for new and existing homes, and commercial buildings, while creating healthier, more comfortable living spaces for their occupants. Southface can help you understand the requirements of the ENERGY STAR program and ensure that your next project qualifies for the ENERGY STAR.
For New Homes
New homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than those built to standard building code requirements, which translates into significant savings on your energy bills. Southface directs builders to certified ENERGY STAR Raters who can qualify new homes for the ENERGY STAR label. Professional ENERGY STAR Raters advise builders on how to select energy-efficient features for a home, inspect and test the home during construction, and then verify that the home qualifies for the ENERGY STAR.
For Existing Homes
Southface’s “Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program” helps homeowners save energy while improving the comfort and indoor environmental quality of their existing home. We direct homeowners to contractors who are trained by Southface to assess home performance and to develop a prioritized list of suggested improvements. These specially trained contractors can help you make energy performance improvements, and show you how to qualify for energy efficiency tax credits.
For New Commercial Buildings
The “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR Qualification” ensures that a new commercial building has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. Southface can help you achieve this qualification for your building by giving you the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about energy efficiency during the design process.
For Existing Commercial Buildings
Commercial buildings that qualify for the ENERGY STAR save organizations energy and money while reducing the building’s impact on the environment. Professionals trained by Southface can conduct an energy assessment on your existing building; provide recommendations for improvements; and, after those improvements have been made, analyze your building’s performance.