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ENERGY STAR NextGen Certification for New Homes and Apartments launched

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ENERGY STAR NextGen Certification for New Homes and Apartments launched

The voluntary certification program encourages heat pumps, EV charging, and electric cooking appliances.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | May 28, 2024
ENERGY STAR NextGen Certification for New Homes and Apartments launched Photo by George Becker via Pixabay

Photo by George Becker via Pixabay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently launched ENERGY STAR NextGen Certified Homes and Apartments, a voluntary certification program for new residential buildings.

The program will increase national energy and emissions savings by accelerating the building industry’s adoption of advanced, energy-efficient technologies, according to an EPA news release. It will recognize homes and apartments with increased energy efficiency; reduced on-site emissions through heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric cooking appliances; and residential electric vehicle charging.

Compared to typical code-level construction, homes earning ENERGY STAR NextGen certification will be 20% more efficient and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%–80%. Several early adopters have already begun to build to the ENERGY STAR NextGen specification including:

  • Beazer Homes (Maryland)
  • GreenSmith Builders (Minnesota)
  • New Tradition Homes (Washington)
  • Quantum Equities, LLC (Washington)
  • Thrive Home Builders (Colorado)

Several utilities have announced early incentives for builders to adopt the specification, namely:

  • EmPOWER Maryland, including Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), and Potomac Edison (PE) (Maryland)
  • Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 (Washington)
  • Utah Clean Energy (Utah)
  • Xcel Energy (Minnesota)
  • Xcel Energy (Colorado)

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