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Homes built under this initiative have generated an estimated energy cost savings of nearly $15 million and slashed 71,000 tons of carbon emissions since 2008. The DOE’s Builders Challenge recognizes companies for their leadership in providing increased value and quality to home buyers throughout the nation with high-performance homes.
In response to increased local building energy codes and proven innovations and best practices emerging from DOE research, the department is launching a new version of the Builders Challenge to raise the bar for energy efficiency in homes and in the wider market. The updated Builders Challenge program will increase energy efficiency requirements for new homes in step with the national Energy Star program and challenge builders to construct homes that save up to 40% more energy compared with 2009 energy codes.
For more information, visit www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/challenge.