EPS for Allies
For EPS New Construction
EPS is a scoring system that helps define a home’s energy consumption, utility costs and carbon footprint. It’s also a pathway for building and selling homes that deliver superior comfort, durability and efficiency. Energy Trust introduced EPS in 2009, and since then more than 14,000 newly built homes have earned a score. Put EPS to work for you.
Building with EPS
If you’re looking to prioritize high-quality construction and energy efficiency in your homes, EPS is a resource that benefits both you and the homebuyer. Meet EPS requirements and you’ll receive cash incentives, plus access to marketing tools that help distinguish your homes from the rest.
What Can EPS Do for You
- Highlight the superior energy performance built into your homes
- Offer a comparison to code-built homes in Oregon or Washington
- Emphasize the features that boost the comfort, quality and durability of your homes
- Help you earn Energy Trust cash incentives
How to Apply for an EPS
- Submit your home plans to a program-approved verifier for a consultation and project modeling. Find a verifier in your area.
- Your verifier will use energy modeling software to estimate the energy savings of the home and 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 evaluate 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.
Join the Trade Ally Network
To qualify for EPS incentives and resources, you must be enrolled in Energy Trust’s EPS New Construction Trade Ally Network. Not yet a member? Joining is easy. There’s no cost and you’ll gain instant access to incentive opportunities, trainings and other valuable resources that can help position you as a leader in energy-efficient homebuilding.
EPS for Real Estate Agents
EPS isn’t just for builders. It also helps real estate professionals sell high-quality homes more quickly and explain to homebuyers what makes them so special. The following list highlights key benefits that real estate agents can use EPS to sell efficient homes.
Comfort —Efficient heating and cooling equipment, and higher quality insulation and windows are installed in EPS homes, so homeowners can expect a quieter, more comfortable home free of drafts.
Durability—EPS indicates that a builder has invested in quality construction techniques tested and verified by an independent third party to ensure proper installation and completion. For the homeowner, this means less risk of mold and moisture damage and less maintenance over time.
Health—Tight construction comes standard and helps prevent unwanted pollutants and drafts in the home, while properly sealed ductwork and mechanical ventilation ensures that air quality is always maximized. EPS homes also allow less dust in from outside—a great benefit in dry areas east of the Cascades.
Savings—All EPS rated homes have energy-saving equipment, lighting and appliances and are built with efficient construction techniques. Remind buyers of the lower operating costs of an energy-efficient home. Be sure to highlight the score and point out how much better an EPS home will perform over a home built to code.
See What the Building Industry Says about EPS
“EPS is a true measure of energy efficiency and the quality of construction execution. Both are crucial to the long-term success of the home and its occupants. A home with an EPS is a better built home than one without.”
Jim Chapman, president, Legend Homes
“Now we have people asking about EPS. That’s huge. It’s like a walk score. People are really starting to get it.”
Randy Sebastian, owner, Renaissance Homes
“We have used some of the EPS practices for years so it was a natural and easy transition to work with Energy Trust and their trade allies to meet the requirements.”
Larry Ables, owner, BD Ables, Inc
“I’m happy to have the EPS. I think it’s a good tool to show people that there is an independent test of energy performance. As people learn more about it, it will be an effective marketing tool for me. You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing the miles per gallon. You shouldn’t buy a house without knowing its energy efficiency.”
David E. Smith, builder
“I have found EPS to be a very helpful tool… to cut through the confusion caused by so many claims made in the marketplace that a certain product is “green.” Rather than using vague buzz words, I can get straight to the heart of the matter and explain to my clients exactly how beneficial energy efficiency will be to them.”
Chelsea Norton, real estate broker, Oregon First
“What I appreciate about EPS is that it gives clients a benchmark to compare new homes, apples to apples.”
Hilary Bourassa, real estate broker