Energy & Advocacy News

>>Streamlined ENERGY STAR Certified Home Version 3.0 Specs Now in Effect
Revision 08 of the ENERGY STAR Certified Home v3.0 specs, which was released in July 2015, reduces the paperwork and streamlines the certification process, making it easier to certify a home under v3 or v3.1. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has three key requirements to earn the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) label:
>high efficiency levels;
>key performance measures addressing moisture, comfort, and IAQ; and
ENERGY STAR Certified Homes has several upcoming webinars specifically geared for builders, HVAC contractors and designers, and energy raters. See dates, times and links here.

>>News from the Building Technologies Office
Check out the latest news, upcoming events and webinars from the Building Technologies Office: 

>DOE Seeking Information on Design and Construction of High-Performance Tenant Spaces
>What’s Green Worth?
>Workshop Participants Ponder Vision for Future Buildings
>DOE to Announce FY 2016 SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity

>>U.S. DOE Building America Update
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Update newsletter is now available, and includes:

>The launch of the 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition
>Zero Energy Ready Homes Housing Innovation Awards at the EEBA conference
>The Tour of Zero national campaign
>RESNET's proposed amendment to ANSI standard for airtightness and airflow
>Call for new teams and venue for Solar Decathlon 2017
>DOE's final report on climate-specific passive building standards
>Regional adoption of low-e storm windows as a "proven" energy efficiency technology
>Sept. 24 webinar providing an overview of the Building America Solution Center
>This month's residential success stories highlighting high-performance new construction
>Building America in the news (e.g. Building Science: How Tight Construction Improves Indoor Air Quality)
>The latest publications from Building America: heat pumps, superinsulated buildings, and more!
Read the full issue for the latest news and information from Building America.