Third-party assessment for the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS program is available for any home that is earning an ENERGY STAR certificate. The process involves installing features beyond the ENERGY STAR standard to protect the home from indoor air pollution. It is a great opportunity for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes to differentiate themselves from the competition.
To earn the certification, builders begin with construction specifications that include the careful selection and installation of moisture control systems, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, combustion-venting systems, radon resistant construction, and low-emitting building materials, and then add additional home design and construction features to help protect qualified homes from moisture and mold, pests, combustion gases, and other airborne pollutants.
Before a home officially earns the Indoor airPLUS label, it needs to be inspected by an independent third-party to ensure compliance with the EPA’s rigorous guidelines and specifications, which is where ESG comes in.
ESG’s inspection and certification process includes:
- Completion of the Indoor airPLUS Verification Checklist to verify that homes comply with the requirements. ESG will schedule the required site visits in order to support the builder’s work in meeting the requirements.
- Placing the Indoor airPLUS label above the ENERGY STAR label on the panel.
- Filing the completed checklists with the rating files.
- Reporting the certification to ENERGY STAR.
More information here: http://www.epa.gov/indoorairplus/