ENERGY STAR-certified homes are built better from the ground up for greater durability, comfort, and energy savings. Following the rigorous ENERGY STAR requirements for new home construction helps avoid many common home performance issues, such as drafts, uneven home temperatures, moisture issues, and indoor air quality problems. ENERGY STAR homes require independent inspections and testing to ensure that they meet a variety of program criteria for home performance.
The Fifth Fuel is an ENERGY STAR partner as a certified home energy rater. We work with builders to certify ENERGY STAR-eligible new homes, according to the most recent ENERGY STAR guidelines.
ENERGY STAR Verification
Our energy efficiency experts conduct tests as the home is being built to ensure it meets ENERGY STAR criteria for new homes. This helps verify that the builder is taking proper measures to ensure various efficiency requirements, including:
- Continuous insulation
- Airtight construction
- Proper ductwork function
- …And more
The verification process offers peace of mind to homeowners because they know their home was built right and independently verified by The Fifth Fuel experts.
What It Means to Be an ENERGY STAR Partner
As a home energy rater, The Fifth Fuel has participated in ENERGY STAR trainings and is knowledgeable about the most recent ENERGY STAR guidelines for new homes. We have a variety of testing equipment including a duct blaster and a blower door test to quantify the performance of a new home. This ensures that the home is energy efficient and comfortable from the beginning.
Why ENERGY STAR? Savings & More
There are currently over 1.5 million families enjoying the comfort, durability, and energy efficiency of ENERGY STAR-certified homes. Every ENERGY STAR home saves 3,700 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually and uses 30% less energy than a typical home, helping the environment.
ENERGY STAR homes have a fully-integrated design and construction approach that results in fewer uncomfortable drafts and leaks, even indoor temperatures, and greater protection from moisture issues that degrade home durability. The result is a home with higher indoor air quality through proper ventilation and lower energy bills.
Northern Virginia & Metro DC’s Energy Efficiency Contractor
The Fifth Fuel has veteran energy efficiency technicians with extensive experience in energy software modeling and home performance testing. We are a locally owned and operated company with thirty years in the home performance industry.