Features of an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home**
Some of the features that Lancaster Homes incorporates into our ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes are:
Heating and cooling systems: Furnaces, heat pumps, thermostats and fireplaces are ENERGY STAR qualified. The annual fuel utilization efficiency rating (AFUE) of furnaces complies with rigorous Canadian minimum efficiency requirements. As a result, you use less fuel and save money.
Ducts: Ducts gain efficiency by providing heating and cooling to designated areas only. In addition, there is less leakage at duct joints because all supply and return trunk ducts and all take-offs are sealed. This means that less heat is lost as air moves from the furnace to the living areas of your home and air conditioning is evenly and properly distributed.
Windows, patio doors and skylights: Windows, glass doors and skylights (as applicable) comply with Canada’s requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified windows. This feature alone could cut more than 10 percent off your energy costs.
Walls and ceilings: There is more insulation in the ceilings and walls of an ENERGY STAR qualified home than is required by building codes. This reduces heat loss, puts less strain on your heating and cooling systems and keeps your house more comfortable.
Ventilation and air leakage: ENERGY STAR qualified new homes must meet rigorous airtightness targets. Reduced air movement through the building envelope, as revealed by an air leakage test, means less draftiness for the homeowner. Inclusion of a heat recovery ventilation system (HRV) creates improved air quality.
Lancaster Homes also supplies ENERGY STAR fluorescent lighting in our qualified homes.
The ENERGY STAR name and the ENERGY STAR symbol are registered trademarks of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are used with permission.