ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

EnergyStar Homes - Careful What You Wish For

Updated on December 19, 2009

Everyone wants their home to be perfect.  To come home to a comfortable, relaxing place where you and your family are happy and healthy.  EnergyStar has strived to make this dream a reality, but in the process has faltered in it's own right by approving certain products with energy star labels that are not properly tested by their manufacturers.  This creates a house that is unhealthy and will not last. 

Building Envelope

The building envelope is the entire exterior of the building.  It is what you want to insulate.  EnergyStar lets certain product manufacturers put their logo on products that meet or exceed a certain criteria.  You would think this criteria for insulation would be high.  It is not.  Fiberglass insulation that has been tested by third party facilities has shown this the be a product that REQUIRES air movement in order to not have issues like condensation, mold, and indoor air pollution.  Many of these tests can be confirmed from publishings by the University of Illinois and Oakridge National Laboratories.  Both are well know for their unbiased testing methods. 

Fiberglass insulation simply should not be an EnergyStar approved product.  With all of the problems that are caused by using fiberglass along with the extreme standards of air sealing a home, this recipes is unfortunately one for disaster.

ARV (Air Recovery Ventilators)

These are a great product that works well in tightly sealed homes by bringing new air in while removing old stagnant air.  Fresh air brings with it natural moisture eliminating the need for a humidifier in the winter time.  The only problem with many of the units that are installed is that they are never balanced.  Unfortunately,  the HVAC companies are supposed to go through the equipment and test certain aspects.  Supply temp, return temp, duct static pressure, CFM output of all supply and exhaust fans, things of that nature along with any auxiliary equipment. This is common on commercial work, but it is hardly ever performed for residential.  When sealing a home this tight, the equipment should go through a full range of testing to make sure that the equipment functions as engineered.  This is impossible to tell without thorough testing.

EnergyStar Policies

There are hundreds of thousands of inquiries every year from people who have started their home building project and would like to build a home to EnergyStar standards.  This is not possible with the current program setup.  Unless you consult with EnergyStar BEFORE you start your project, you may not use their program.  This rule is ridiculous since every measure taken for efficiency has very little to do with the actual construction of a house and can easily be incorporated into a structure that is partially complete. 

By taking this stance on their process and their product use and implementation, EnergyStar has crippled it's program and it's reputation with contractors who are afraid to build a home so tight with sub-par insulation and hope that the air intake equipment will be able to handle the extra moisture load.  This is not the way the program was supposed to work.  So if you own an EnergyStar home that is insulated with fiberglass, you may have moisture and indoor air pollution.  If this does happen to your home, alert EnergyStar right away so that maybe these policies will be amended.  The program, after all, has the right idea in terms of efficiency.  They just need to tighten us their product restrictions.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)