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Energy Star® for Homes Version 3
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Continuing Ed Credits: 4 hours LU|HSW|SD from AIA InterNACHI self reporting Colorado is leading the nation in collecting green and sustainable information on residential real estate. Green data is currently being collected by 14 of the 16 MLS services in the State and that represents more than 90% of Colorado households. Learn how YOU CAN HELP generate value for your clients and yourself. Guild Members: $20 Non members: $30

When: February 7, 2012
8:00 AM
Where: REI Community Room
1789 28th St
Boulder, Colorado 
United States
Contact: Meagan Forney

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Continuing Ed Credits: 
4 hours  LU|HSW|SD from AIA
InterNACHI self reporting

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

Version 3 takes the Energy Star program to a full implementation of systems thinking and applied building science. The programs realization that a well performing home must be able to control thermal flow, air flow, and moisture flow has lead to a programmatic balance between mandatory measures and performance benchmarks.

This course outlines the structure of Energy Star version 3, the building science fundamentals at its backbone, and the mandatory thermal envelope, water management, and HVAC aspects that are wrapped into its core. Energy Star’s new program continues in the tradition of market transformation and is leading builders to the next level of performance.

Outline of class: Energy Star now and then
Intro to systems thinking and applied building science

  • Air flow, Moisture flow, Thermal Flow
Compliance pathways
  • Prescriptive
  • Performance
Size adjustment factor

Mandatory Checklist

  • Thermal Enclosure checklist
    • Air barriers
    • Vapor barriers
    • Insulation
    • Windows
  • HVAC Contractor and Rater Checklists
    • Proper HVAC Design
    • Proper Installation
    • Commissioning
    • Ventilation
      • ASHRAE 62.2
  • Water Management Checklist
    • Site drainage, drainage plane
    • Water managed building materials

Builder and rater partners are required to complete mandatory training in addition to this class. Come learn the basics and what more you need to do to become an EnergyStar partner! 

Builders must complete the online ENERGY STAR Orientation Training to be eligible to build homes qualified under Version 3. 

To be eligible to install HVAC equipment in homes qualified under Version 3, HVAC contractors must complete ENERGY STAR Version 3 Training and be credentialed through an EPA–recognized industry organization.

Verification partners, including HERS raters and Field Inspectors, must complete ENERGY STAR Version 3 Rater Training through an Accredited Training Provider

Robby Schwarz
is a principal of energyLogic,  Colorado’s leading provider of home energy efficiency and conservation services.  Working in partnership with builders and homeowners, energyLogic has had a role in improving over 10,000 homes in Colorado.

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