EPS for Builders
EPSTM is a measurement tool that helps define a home's energy consumption, utility costs and carbon footprint based on energy use. It allows homebuyers to easily compare homes based on energy costs and efficiency.
Energy Trust unveiled EPS at the Portland Home Builders Association's 2009 Ultimate Open House Tour. Today, over 2100 new homes have received an EPS.
Builders + EPS = Incentives
With the advent of EPS, Energy Trust shifted to a performance-based program that awards incentives when a builder's homes exceed Oregon code and obtain an EPS.
To qualify, you will need to follow a simple application process, outlined below. Remember—the best time to begin the process is during the home’s design phase.
How to Apply for an EPS
- Submit your home plans to a program-approved verifier for project modeling and advice on best practices. Click here to seach for a verifier in your area.
- Your verifier will use energy modeling software to estimate the energy savings of the home. Then, the verifier will estimate your incentive amount. By working with your verifier to select additional energy-efficiency measures, you can improve the home’s EPS and earn more incentives.
- Your verifier will inspect your home and perform diagnostic tests to evauluate energy performance.
- Once the home has been built and verified, your verifier will update the project model with inspection details and performance results, confirm your incentives and issue the final EPS.
EPS is a great way for builders to earn incentives by building more efficient homes. Contact your verifier to get started.