EPS stands for energy performance score. Established in 2009 by Earth Advantage, the energy performance score of a home is calculated “by analyzing the home’s features and construction techniques and tests performance factors such as air leakage and duct tightness,” according to Energy Trust of Oregon. The scores range from 0 to over 200, with 0 being the most energy efficient.
How is a Home’s EPS Determined?
Third parties determining EPS Scores verify that the home is built above regular standard code and thoroughly tested. After going through the process, the final score bases the estimated energy usage in millions of BTU per year. So, a house with a favorable EPS has low carbon emission, saves energy, and is solar-ready if the homeowner installs solar panels.
A homeowner buying an energy-efficient home with a low EPS score saves money in utilities in the long run because:
- Advanced framing
- Efficient lighting
- High-performance windows and insulation
- Energy-efficient appliances
- Heating and cooling equipment
Each of these features cuts down on the home’s energy use.
The EPS system is designed for consumers comparing how energy efficient homes are different on the market. While this provides a standard for home builders, it also means homebuyers obtain a more accurate valuation of their home.
Homeowners are confident in their investment when buying a home with a low EPS score. Itadds quantifiable value to the house, which also makes it easier for selling down the line.
According to the Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA), the EPS “educates homebuyers/owners about a home’s energy use, environmental impact, estimated utility, costs, and potential improvements.”
Prairie Crossing | EPS Homes
Each Prairie Crossing home comes with an EPS score helping you make an informed decision. Our new homes save you money on energy costs in the long run, $1,200 a year on average, and will make you feel good about your impact on the environment.
Come visit us in Redmond to talk about our homes’ energy performance scores and see when the next one can be yours.