Los Alamos boasts first Energy Star certified home

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By Carol A. Clark

The green-built home at 520 Camino Cereza in North Mesa is a whopping 40 percent more energy efficient than a conventional home of equal-size built today and it costs just 5 percent more.

The $375,000 home, built by local developer Stan Primak of Primak Builders Inc., was completed last month and is the first certified “Energy Star” rated home in Los Alamos County.

“To earn the ‘Energy Star’ certification, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy,” Primak said during an interview at the home Friday.

Certified homes are a minimum of 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Residential Code, he said, and include energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30 percent more efficient.

Third-party evaluator, Isaac Brazil of Go Green NM, LLC, said while the average Energy Star home ranks 85 on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), the Primak-built home ranks an impressive 58.

The HERS index is a 0-100 rating scale relative to the model home defined by the current international energy conservation code with ‘0’ being the best,” he said. “Each one point decrease in scale equals 1 percent increased efficiency, so a 58 ranking is significant.”

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