Efficient Homes

Efficient Homes

Building higher performing and more comfortable homes

NEEA and its utility partners accelerate market adoption of energy-efficient homes by partnering with the EPA to offer builders the tools they need to verify and certify energy-efficient homes, and by providing regional marketing, recruitment and training support in the Northwest.

Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes offers information, tools and resources on the energy-efficient features and increased comfort of homes that are at least 15 percent more efficient than existing state building codes. NEEA is now leveraging its work through Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes and relationships with strong market partners and utility support, to explore the next phase in new construction through the Next Step Home pilot.

This pilot will be used to identify the most cost-effective methods for achieving the greatest amount of energy savings, while paving a pathway for future code adoption.


  • Marginal Impact of Electric Heat Pumps on Home Sale Price
    In November 2008, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) engaged ECONorthwest to estimate the effect that electric heat pumps have on the sale price of homes in the Northwest. ECONorthwest provided a memorandum, which NEEA is making publically available. This report describes the analytical methods that were followed and the results of the analysis.
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  • Residential Building Stock Assessment- Metering Study
    The primary goal of the Residential Building Stock Assessment Metering Study (RBSA Metering) is to update an array of residential load shapes produced approximately twenty-five years ago, as well as to assess major elements of residential energy use for potential future energy savings. A subset of homes from the larger regional RBSA (2011-2012) was metered for an entire year on three parallel platforms: 1) via the house electrical panel (direct measurement of the whole house service drop plus major loads such as heating systems); 2) at the level of appliances and consumer electronics; and 3) lighting fixtures with stand-alone data loggers. The study provides insight on energy use across single-family homes and represents current information on hourly usage on an unprecedented scale.
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  • Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Initiative- Market Progress Evaluation Report #3
    This is the third Market Progress Evaluation Report (MPER) of the Northwest Ductless Heat Pump (DHP) initiative. The evaluation shows that general population awareness of DHPs has increased from 34% to 48% in 2012. Utilities that participated in the initiative in 2012 installed nearly 5,300 DHPs, primarily in Oregon and Washington. In comparison, utilities installed about 4,800 DHP systems in 2011, resulting in a nine percent increase for 2012. Households that have installed DHPs have high satisfaction with nearly all households (94%) using their new DHPs for primary heating. Installers, manufacturers and distributors predict continued DHP market growth with one in four general population households showing interest in installing DHPs. The primary barriers impeding continued market growth are installation costs, public awareness and understanding of DHP technology and aesthetic concerns.
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Article Spotlight

Efficient Homes Comes to Billings

Thirteen super-energy efficient homes throughout the Northwest are incorporating the latest technologies and best building practices that increase comfort and reduce energy costs. Each home is a real-life demonstration of some of the most efficient homes available to today’s buyers and at any size, style or budget.

Watch how

NEEA Team Lead

Neil Grigsby

Initiative Manager