Energy Star™

Chinburg’s Energy Star™ Promise

For over 30 years, we have been building environmentally friendly homes and developments that prioritize people, community, and the planet. We incorporate energy-efficient and environmentally friendly materials and designs to help keep the occupants of our homes healthy while limiting pollution and environmental deterioration. The goal for all Chinburg properties is a beautifully designed and constructed home with a low carbon footprint and energy savings for the customer. In all of our projects, we strive for original, thoughtful site design that takes advantage of existing land features. We try to preserve open space and minimize the impact on surrounding land.

At Chinburg, we’re proud to provide a wide variety of affordable solutions to our home buyers that add up to a truly impressive result. By promising to build each and every home to Energy Star™ standards, we guarantee that our homes not only keep the planet happy but save you in energy costs for years to come.

Energy Star™’s Impact

The Energy Star™ program was created by the Environmental Protection Agency to provide cost-saving, energy efficient standards that protect the climate while improving air quality and protecting public health. This program encourages thoughtful building practices and a greater commitment to energy-efficient homes with a small carbon footprint.

How it Works

To receive the Energy Star™ rating, a home must meet a rigorous set of requirements, and be inspected and rated by an independent 3rd party. The rater is involved in evaluating the project from the original construction plans through to a final blower door test.  This test contributes to a score which indicates whether the home meets (and exceeds) the standards.

After their closing, homeowners receive a customized report which indicates the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of their house and how it translates into energy cost savings and lowered carbon emissions. We strive to exceed standards in all homes to create the most savings for our buyers.

According to the EPA, “since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses save 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs, and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.” Not only that but “over the lifetime of the program, every dollar the EPA has spent on ENERGY STAR resulted in nearly $350 in energy cost savings for American business and households.”

These impressive numbers in addition to knowing that each Energy Star™ home reduces greenhouse gases by over 3,000 lbs per year (that’s equivalent to the emissions absorbed by planting 39 trees) make us proud to offer energy saving products and standards in all of our homes.

Our Energy Star™ Results

Every year, the EPA reviews hundreds of applications and selects a small group that have made considerable and impressive contributions to the industry by achieving significant energy savings. These selected Partners of the Year are recognized as leaders in energy savings and are honored by Energy Star™.

Since 2016, Chinburg has been a national winner of the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, earning the company Sustained Excellence recognition for 7 years. We are proud of our sustained excellence awards and continue to strive for improvement year over year.

55% More Efficient

On average, our homes are 55% more energy-efficient than homes built to code.

Save 30% in Costs

Our homeowners save 30% in energy costs per year, on average.

Multi-Unit Buildings & Energy Star™

Our multi-unit buildings meet Energy Star™ standards as often as possible. Whether rehabilitating a historic building or working from the ground up, incorporating the best energy efficiency is a top priority.

Scenic Salinger in Rochester, NH and Brewery 145 in Portsmouth, NH brought 142 Energy Star™ certified apartments into our portfolio.

Your Energy Star™ Home

Reduced Leaks & Drafts

Comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high performing windows and doors minimize warm and cold spots

Better Moisture Resistance

An exhaustive water management system, including flashing, moisture barriers, and heavy-duty membranes protects roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.

More Consistent Temperatures

A high efficiency heating and cooling system, designed and installed for optimal performance, ensures better comfort in every room, year-round.

Improved Air Quality

A fresh-air system creates a controlled amount of outdoor air. Combined with a high-performance filter, this improves indoor air quality and reduces dust, pollen, and other allergens.

What’s Inside?

It’s clear that the benefits of an Energy Star™ rating are vast but the individual components of the home such as energy-efficient windows and doors, ENERGY STAR® appliances and lighting, and water-saving bathroom fixtures are the building blocks of savings.

Energy-Efficient Lighting

On average, Energy Star™ certified bulbs and fixtures use 70-90% less energy than standard standard incandescent bulbs.

Air Conditioning

All Chinburg homes are equipped with Energy Star™ certified central air conditionering to provide optimal air quality and a comfortable temperature throughout the home.

High Performance Heating

The Department of Energy estimates that Energy Star™ residential heating systems save homeowners almost $1,800 a year.

Insulation and Windows

At Chinburg, we recommend Energy Star™ certified dual-pane windows that feature two layers of glass and provide more protection between your home and the outside elements. These, low-emittance windows are coated in a material that reduces the amount of energy lost through the glass.

Energy Star™ Appliances

We help you select smart appliances such as Energy Star™-rated, dishwashers, washers and dryers. Energy Star™ certified appliances help to reduce energy need to run the appliance to continue to contribute to cost savings. Energy Star™ certified ventilation fans, like those in bathrooms and cooking areas, even use 50% less energy than standard models.

Water-Saving Plumbing

We offer Energy Star™ rated toilets, faucets, shower heads and more to help provide efficient plumbing. Options like an auto-shut off for appliances like washers helps to avoid damage from leaks and on-demand hot water can reduce the energy it takes to provide hot water to your home.

Smart Home Packages

With a Nest Thermostat, Hello Doorbell, and Lutron Caseta Smart lighting, you can take the pulse on your home's safety and energy efficiency, even when you're away. All Chinburg homes offer Smart Home Packages as upgrades and some of our communities, like Silvergrass Place, offer these packages as a standard to the build.