What does ENERGY STAR certified mean?
Saving you up to 20 per cent, ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above other homes on the market. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label will have completed a process of inspections, testing, and verification that meet strict requirements for more than 70 different types of products. Purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified home means you can expect better quality, better comfort and better durability of your home.
What ENERGY STAR features does Richcraft offer?
Richcraft offers a variety of ENERGY STAR features that can very from home to home. We’ve included a few examples of the ENERGY STAR features you can find in a Richcraft Home:
R-27 Insulation in Exterior Wall Completed with Foam Sheathing
One of the most important energy-saving materials used in energy efficient homes and green building is insulation. The energy efficiency of insulation is measured by R-value, the higher the value the better the efficiency. Richcraft uses the highest R-value in the industry for our Single Family Homes. One of the best ways to increase the R-value of your exterior walls is to protect them with insulated foam sheathing. Not only does this improve energy efficiency, when combined with interior insulation, but it also provides moisture control in your Richcraft home.
96 per cent High Efficiency Forced Air Furnace with ECM Blower Fans
A forced air system relies on ductwork, vents and plenums to distribute the air. A high efficiency forced air furnace will enhance the comfort of your Richcraft home while saving you energy. The electronically commutate motor (ECM) was developed to offer a greater range in operability choices, and to minimize noise. Made up of two components an ECM will generate a greater efficiency in your airflow system and it can reduce operating costs.
Going ENERGY STAR with Richcraft Homes
Richcraft Homes has been at the forefront of Ottawa’s ENERGY STAR Certification for nearly nine years. Since August in 2008, the goal of Richcraft Homes was, is, and will continue to be to challenge conventional building practices by bringing the latest green technology into building design. Every home we build meets ENERGY STAR criteria, meaning the energy efficiency of our homes far exceeds that of typical new homes built in Ottawa.
Saving energy will help you save money on utility bills and protect our climate by aiding in the prevention of carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases. By choosing an ENERGY STAR product you can feel good about the savings and your impact on the environment.
We have beautiful ENERGY STAR homes available for purchase or various floor plans to choose from. Explore our communities or contact our New Home Representatives in each of our communities for more information on our ENERGY STAR homes.