The AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community (HCD) is a network of architects and allied stakeholders that promotes equity in housing, excellence in residential design, and sustainable, vibrant communities for all, through education, research, awards, and advocacy.
ENERGY STAR is an initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy and requires homes to meet strict guidelines regarding energy efficiency. Although ENERGY STAR is an important program on its own, most holistic green building programs like LEED for Homes and the ICC 700 use ENERGY STAR as a key benchmark for energy efficiency. Overall, nearly 1.2 million ENERGY STAR qualified homes have been built since the program's inception, including more than 126,000 new homes in 2010. However, in 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been phasing in new and more rigorous guidelines for homes that will require ENERGY STAR homes to be approximately 15% more efficient than the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This session will discuss requirements for compliance with ENERGY STAR for Homes Version 3, including both single family and multifamily applications, and will include the perspective of a multifamily owner/developer. Session presenters will highlight design issues in particular, including documentation and verification issues especially relevant to architects. #HousingKnowledgeCommunity #TechnologyinArchitecturalPractice #CommitteeontheEnvironment #Presentations