UES Energy Smart Homes
Better built, better value
In the market for a newly constructed home? Look for a UES Energy Smart Home or ENERGY STAR-qualified neighborhood with high-performance homes that save you money and energy.
UES Energy Smart Homes are designed and built to conserve energy and save you money. In cooperation with UES, a number of Arizona builders are incorporating energy-saving features and building techniques in their new homes.
An energy-efficient home is a healthful home
UES Energy Smart Homes is a utility-sponsored program for energy-efficient new home construction, founded on integrated building science. The program emphasizes a whole-house approach to improving health, safety, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency. The program includes on-site inspections and field testing to verify that homes perform the way they were designed. Program standards are designed to focus solely on best building practices.
Energy-efficient homes provide more efficient, healthful, and comfortable living environments by treating the structure as a complete system, where every component must work in harmony. Energy-efficient homes also use fresh-air ventilation and pressure-management techniques that maintain better air quality and comfort. AND, a properly balanced heating and cooling system means maximum energy efficiency.
A systems approach to home construction
The program uses a systems approach to home construction. The systems approach deals with health and safety, comfort, durability and energy efficiency. By integrating the latest information on building science, UES has developed construction requirements that each home must meet to qualify. The quality assurance of a UES Energy Smart Home can be found only through our building partners who proudly advertise the UES Energy Smart Homes program.
UES Energy Smart Homes provide:
- The highest construction standards
- Improved insulation
- Mastic-sealed ductwork
- High efficiency HVAC equipment
- Combustion safety
- Advanced diagnostic blower door testing
- Efficient window systems
- Properly-sized heating and cooling equipment
- Controlled ventilation
- Return air paths
- Air and pressure balancing
- Improved indoor air quality
Here are ENERGY STAR fact sheets to help you find the right home:
- Improved insulation
Properly installed insulation maximizes comfort and energy savings
- High-efficiency air conditioning systems
Look for a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher for more comfort, less energy use and more durability
- Tight construction and ducting
Fresh-air ventilation and pressure-management techniques maintain better air quality and comfort
- Energy-efficient low-E windows
Get the right windows and you'll see the difference on your energy bills
Read Frequently Asked Questions about the UES Energy Smart Homes program.
View information on the federal ENERGY STAR program.