6-Star Green Program Development

Project Page

At the request of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, CCHRC  developed an outline of a program to add a 6th Star in the home rating system. There were two basic elements under consideration (1) an energy analysis using AkWarm and (2) a green building analysis using the NAHB Green Home Building Standard, the ASHRAE/USGBC Green Building Standard, or other standard approved by AHFC. To qualify for an incentive award under the program a builder/home owner would have to submit two documents completed by a third party certified by AHFC for this purpose, one as to the energy use as calculated using AkWarm and the other as having met one of the approved green building standards. The incentive award structure under consideration now would include a rebate to the builder and a mortgage rate reduction for the homeowner. The 6th star was added to the rating system in 2013.

Related Topics & Keywords: 

Projects

AkWarm Updates CCHRC is updating AkWarm, the software used to rate the energy efficiency of Alaska homes, to account for renewable energy, heat loss characteristics, and regional variations in climate and energy.
HERS Software Development CCHRC is researching and developing guidelines for AHFC staff to use when reviewing software for compliance with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard.
Rebate & Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process This project evaluated AHFC's weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and recommend improvements.
PM 2.5 Reduction Policy CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions, finding that these efforts could cut emissions in half.
4-5 Star Plus Energy Rated Homes Survey & Analysis Ivan Moore Research (IMR) of Anchorage conducted a customer survey of Four Plus and Five-Star Plus homes to determine customer satisfaction and understanding of building components.