ENERGY STAR Plans

TightLines Designs has partnered with ENERGY STAR and Building Performance Engineering (BPE) to offer home plans that are Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR.

  • The internationally-recognized ENERGY STAR program recently transitioned from Version 2 to Version 3.  All homes with permit dates after January 1, 2012 must be qualified under Version 3.  TightLines Designs has assisted many builders in making this transition a smooth one. 

According to the ENERGY STAR website:

" There are two paths to qualify a home to earn the ENERGY STAR. The Prescriptive Path is based on a predefined package of improvements, while the Performance Path is based on a customized package of upgrades. The National Program Requirements define the core energy efficiency specifications for both the Prescriptive and Performance Paths. See the National Program Requirements (598KB) (Revision 05).

Complete Inspection Checklists-

Both the Performance and Prescriptive Paths require completion of four inspection checklists:

  • Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Rater Checklist
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Contractor Checklist
  • Water Management System Builder Checklist

These checklists include building science practices that promote improved comfort, indoor air quality, and durability in qualified homes. The Inspection Checklists document contains the four checklists that every home qualified under Version 3 must complete."

For an additional fee of $350, any small house plan can be reviewed and approved by an accredited HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rater at BPE.  Approved plans are recognized nationally and include the necessary notes, details, specifications, and checklists that are required for acquiring the ENERGY STAR certification.

To acheive the ENERGY STAR certification, homes must be built to comply with ENERGY STAR requirements and involve a minimum of two HERS inspections; one during construction and one at the completion of construction.  Find a certified HERS Rater.

Learn more about the Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR Program.

Please contact us if you are interested in a Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR plan or have questions about the process.