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Following this path, the initial process is very similar to the assumed airtightness option, however air tightness testing is now completed during the as-built phase. By verifying an increased level of airtightness, it is possible to omit some of the other energy efficiency requirements, allowing for a higher level of flexibility. The benefits of an airtight home extend far beyond the compliance stage, resulting in things such as decreased noise levels, better indoor air quality, and increased building durability.

For builders already building to the Energy Star for New Homes standard, or interested in pursuing the certification, this also provides a 3rd compliance pathway. ENERGY STAR® homes are 20% more efficient than the building code. With widespread consumer recognition of the label, buyer confidence is increased knowing that the home has been 3rd party tested and verified.

Following this path, the initial process is very similar to the assumed airtightness option, however air tightness testing is now completed during the as-built phase. By verifying an increased level of airtightness, it is possible to omit some of the other energy efficiency requirements, allowing for a higher level of flexibility. The benefits of an airtight home extend far beyond the compliance stage, resulting in things such as decreased noise levels, better indoor air quality, and increased building durability.

In this option, our team of Registered Energy Advisors evaluates and optimizes each homes envelope design and mechanical performance using energy modeling software. Using this method allows builders to take advantage of current strengths and create their own customized energy efficiency solutions.

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