Homes built to voluntary Energy Star specifications made up about 26 percent of all new homes constructed in the U.S. in 2011. Under the latest update of the specifications, Energy Star homes consume at least 15 percent less energy than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles have released a new study on the economic value of green home labels in the California residential market. The study finds California homes with green labels are worth 9 percent more on the real estate market.
In HVAC terms, Malcolm Rowe may have the coolest home in Putnam County, N.Y. Rowe recently constructed a 5,800-square-foot residence boasting an immaculate energy envelope. The home, finished in July 2011, is Energy Star rated, EPA Indoor AirPLUS labeled, and is pending LEED accreditation.