The Texas Land Veterans mortgage program requires that the new home be ENERGY STAR® qualified and an affidavit must be signed by the certified Home Energy Rater that performs the analysis, inspections and testing.
In order to complete the affidavit, we will need to perform a software analysis to see if the home qualifies without any changes. We will require a set of blueprints, a copy of the Manual J load calculation, a copy of the ARI certificate stating the HVAC efficiencies, and the window and insulation specifications. If changes are required, they must be performed prior to the inspections and testing.
After we perform the software analysis, we must visually inspect the framing to ensure that common air leakage paths have been blocked properly. This inspection is a mandatory requirement from the Environmental Protection Agency. We must also inspect the quality of the insulation installation. These inspections need to take place while the home is under construction.
We must also test the duct system and house for air leakage, using testing protocols approved by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). The duct leakage test may be performed prior to drywall installation or it may be performed after the home has been completed (about 3-4 days prior to closing). If there is a significant amount of duct leakage, the home may not be able to qualify as an ENERGY STAR home. The house leakage test is performed about 3-4 days prior to closing; this gives the builder time to correct any deficiencies that may be found.