K. Hovnanian Enterprises recently committed to build all of its New Jersey homes in accordance with Energy Star qualifications.
The company had completed 50 such homes as of March 1, according to the Energy Star Web site.
Making the leap to 100% Energy Star was easy, Hovnanian spokes-man Douglas Fenichel says, because the company has been implementing energy-efficient features into its homes for years.
“We’re the first to do it on a statewide basis, and that’s a market differentiation,” Fenichel says. ”Our trade partnerships are crucial. Without these kinds of relationships, I don’t know that this could have succeeded.”
To earn the Energy Star designation, homes must be tightly constructed and have an air-sealed envelope and built-in ventilation controls to reduce drafts, moisture and dust. Ducts must be sealed with stable materials such as mastic or fiberglass tape. Insulation levels must exceed minimum code requirements. Windows must use glass and framing materials that promote airtightness. In addition, heating and cooling systems must bear an Energy Star label, guaranteeing energy-efficient performance.
Fenichel says Hovnanian is considering 100% Energy Star compliance in its 10 other states.