The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home label is the symbol of excellence for new homes. Join the ranks of leading edge builders who provide their customers with proven innovation, sustained value, no or ultra-low utility bills, energy and water savings, and increased comfort—not to mention a safe and healthy home for generations to come.
What is a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home? A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a home that meets all of the criteria found in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.
All DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are so efficient a small renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption.
A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home label provides a general comparison of DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes to recent vintage existing homes and ENERGY STAR Homes on relative levels of comfort, indoor environment, durability, advanced technology, construction quality and energy efficiency.
A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certificate is automatically generated from compliance software. It includes energy savings information as well as a HERS Index Score.
A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Verification Form provides information needed to calculate program savings. It can be generated from compliance software.
What is expected of partners? Every type of partner has its own role. Review the appropriate partnership agreement package for more information on partner expectations:
- Builder partners may be any person or entity that constructs single-family homes, multifamily buildings, affordable housing, manufactured homes or develops land.
- Verifier partners must be accredited Home Energy Raters, Building America team members, or participate in other accredited verification programs recognized by DOE.
- Training partners may be any organization other than builders and verifiers that are interested in supporting the effort. Specific relevant organizations include, but are not limited to utilities, building product manufacturers, energy efficiency programs, non-profit energy organizations, and state/local government.
- Architect and designer partners may be any company, person or entity that designs single-family homes, multifamily buildings, affordable housing, or manufactured homes.
- Lender partners may be any person or entity that offers mortgage services for residential properties.
How do I become a partner? To become a partner, register online by completing contact information, uploading your company logo, and making additional commitments as appropriate. Once you've given your electronic signature and submitted your registration, look for a confirmation by email with your password to access your account.
How do I learn about the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home benefits and how to qualify a home? To learn more about the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home join us at an event or complete the orientation training webinar (video, text version, presentation slides).
How do I certify homes? To certify homes, work with a registered third-party verifier to model and inspect your home. Be sure to email your completed DOE Zero Energy Ready Home verification form to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive recognition on the locator tool.
How can I enhance my partnership? Review our resources to find training, webinars and other opportunities to attend, host or support the DOE Zero Energy Home program.