Did someone say another party? Yes, please, a third one. Although their recommendation is in our specs, they are often overlooked. If you’ve not yet built, or if you need some testing and tuning, a Home Energy Rater can work along with you and your builder to assure that your home gets the attention it needs – after all, you and your builder may be so busy selecting the hundreds of finishes and details that go into your home that it could be easy to overlook the proper installation of caulking, insulation, and heating/cooling system. (Yes, even passive solar homes need some extra help from mechanical systems.) Those three items (along with correct selection of south glass) will be the primary elements that determine the amount of energy that your house uses.

If you want an Energy Star Home, you will have to have a Home Energy Rater.

Spend some time finding a Home Energy Rater near you.