Presenter: Sam Rashkin, U.S. Department of Energy

The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready program, formerly known as the DOE Challenge Home program, is to transform the housing market to high-performance homes. These homes are extremely energy efficient; they can offset most or all of their annual energy consumption with renewable energy. The program supports the application of proven innovations from the DOE Building America Program that deliver 40%–50% savings above the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, while effectively managing builder and homeowner risks. Stringent program requirements, such as complying with ENERGY STAR for Homes, help to ensure these homes offer high levels of energy savings, comfort, and durability. DOE Challenge Homes are verified by a qualified third party and carry a label to convey they have met program requirements.

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