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ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes really are better built

Energy StarMy husband is an energy auditor and one of his primary jobs is to test homes for energy efficiency as part of qualifying the home as an ENERGY STAR home. His work puts him in contact with a number of builders, from large spec builders to small custom home builders. As these builders are working toward meeting the standard for both ENERGY STAR and for PA's recently updated energy building code requirements they have been making changes in their practices that are going to be a big benefit to new home buyers.

I've heard about some of the things he has seen in the homes during the inspection process - lack of proper airsealing, missing insulation, leaky ductwork - and how the builders have upped their game to meet the new requirements. Buyers of these new homes are definitely going to be rewarded with lower energy bills, better comfort and improved home performance.

Before you dismiss ENERGY STAR, think again, I've heard the firsthand stories and I am proud to say that it is resulting in a better new home for buyers.

I specialize in helping people find homes that are good for their wallet, health, family and planet. Christa Ross, Ecosociate and RE/MAX Green Specialist. Call me at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.greenhomespgh.com.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsChrista Ross • June 28 2010 08:39AM


Christa, I heard a speaker a little while ago from the EPA who talked about the Energy Star program. Glad to hear builders are incorporating it into their homes. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 9 years ago

Part of my business is representing Jerry Wright Homes at Fort Hood.   This year, Jerry started building his homes to Energy Star Standards, and I have seen a vast improvement in, as you said, the quality and comfort of his homes.   Hopefully this is a trend other builders will join to build more homes with energy saving features that are easier on the environment,

Posted by Mary Ann Daniell Realtor, Delivering Successful Results Since 1999 (Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC ) almost 9 years ago

Good post!   Homes that are energy efficient are more everly heated and cooled, no big temperature changes as you move to each level or room.

Posted by Linda Metallo DiBenardo (RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for this personal review of energy efficient homes and their positive potential.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 9 years ago

Christa, all these programs such as Energy Star, LEED for Homes, NAHB - National Green Building Standard benefit the consumer and homeowner. Plus it saves the environment and the amount of resources we take from it. Keep up the great blogging ~ Dave

Posted by David Popoff, RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago