What We Learned Getting to 2 Million ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes that is Positioning Zero Energy Ready Homes for Exponential Growth

Communications, Design

This paper highlights the lessons learned from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes program. The ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program includes 17 years of experience and 1.2 million certified homes. The paper examines why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decided to launch its own voluntary high-performance zero energy home labeling program. Documented lessons from ENERGY STAR Certified Homes helps future users to ensure successful projects including five barriers that make market adoption a significant challenge for Zero Energy Ready Homes compared to ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, and how lessons learned can be applied to other home programs targeting zero energy performance.