The ecoSelect certification program combines building science with high efficiency home features into a comprehensive program package that addresses energy efficiency, water efficiency and indoor air quality within your home. Verification of ecoSelect specifications and requirements by an experienced and certified energy rater ensures that the home you are buying will have met all prescribed ecoSelect features and requirements. The following is a list of features you can expect with the purchase of your new ecoSelect Home:
ecoSelect Qualified Homes are inspected and tested by an approved independent third party. The verification of an ecoSelect home includes HVAC and duct system leakage testing, whole-house infiltration testing and additional quality control measures during the design and construction of the home, which helps provide homeowners with peace of
mind knowing that their home’s energy efficient features were inspected by a trained and certified organization.
High Performance Building Envelope
Every ecoSelect home includes low-e high performance windows as a standard feature. In addition, insulation is required to be installed properly to avoid gaps, voids or compressions. A High Performance building envelope helps reduce utility bills, improves comfort and reduces the fading of walls, floors and furniture.
Programmable thermostats reduce energy bills by tailoring the heating and cooling of a home to the occupants’ work and sleep schedule. and provide comfort when you need it.
High Efficiency HVAC
Energy efficient HVAC systems begin with increased equipment efficiencies, quality installation and tightly-sealed ducts resulting in lower utility bills, increased comfort and improved air quality. All certified ecoSelect homes include HVAC system leakage testing as a quality control measure to help ensure that each HVAC system installed in your home is delivering the highest level of performance possible.
Energy Efficient Lighting
All certified ecoSelect homes include lighting as part of the energy efficient solution to reduce bills by substituting inefficient incandescent bulbs that produce more heat than light with efficient CFLs or LED lights. Lighting can account for as much as 15% of the home’s total energy bill making fixtures some of the most important and easily improved energy efficiency features of a home.
Reduced Water Usage
All certified ecoSelect homes are built with WaterSense-certified water fixtures that are at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance. In addition to WaterSense fixtures, all ecoSelect homes with landscape irrigation have rain sensors as a standard feature, which dramatically reduces a homeowner’s water bills. These combined efforts
alone can save an average household more than 500 gallons of water each year.
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