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For several years, Daybreak has been setting the pace for energy efficiency among new-home communities. Now with its commitment to the new Energy Star 3.0 program, Daybreak is beginning to lap the field.
Exactly what is Energy Star 3.0? In short, it’s a big step forward. Since Daybreak’s opening in 2004, every home here has been built to the EPA’s Energy Star standard. But the Energy Star program has introduced new, more stringent requirements for how homes are designed, built and tested. The new Version 3 standard is so high, in fact, that many homebuilders in Utah and around the country have elected not to stay with Energy Star. Daybreak, on the other hand, has jumped in with both feet. In fact, Daybreak was selected as one of only three communities in the nation to pilot Energy Star 3.0.
The Energy Star 3.0 standard includes a number of technical changes that add up to a substantial improvement in overall home efficiency. New homes in Daybreak will see at least an 8% reduction in energy use over homes built to the previous Energy Star standard and each new home in Daybreak will perform 20-30% better than new homes built just a few years ago.
Some homes in Daybreak that are ultra energy efficient, like Garbett Homes line of Solaris solar-powered homes we expect will perform even better. Some of the Solaris homes are achieving HERS Scores of 40 or less (How does a $14 monthly energy bill sound to you?).
Energy Star 3.0 enhances more than just energy efficiency. With a new set of specifications for moisture barriers, ventilation systems and framing, it also raises the bar for indoor air quality and long-term structural integrity. And since the new standard requires that every home be fully inspected, performance-tested and certified by a third-party energy rating firm, homebuyers can confidently expect their new home to perform as promised.
You can learn more about Daybreak’s commitment to energy efficiency here, or browse energy efficient floor plans here.