Conservation Services Group has designed & managed award-winning programs promoting energy efficient new construction and high performance building certification since 1990. Combining our leadership in energy conservation with our expertise in applied building science, we certify high performance buildings for energy efficiency using a whole-house approach – ensuring that new buildings are energy efficient, resource efficient, durable, healthy and affordable. We successfully provide large-scale energy efficiency programs for green new construction and related services such as:
- Air leakage testing for all buildings types – residential and commercial; in 2011 we tested a 12 story office building with 15 blower doors (22 fans were brought to the site)
- Energy efficiency training for raters, architects, builders, and contractors on best practices, codes and standards – such as the 2012 Massachusetts Smarter Building workshops and Understanding the LEED for Homes Rating System.
- Energy modeling, design support, HERS ratings, inspections, and consultation throughout construction
- Complete building performance testing
- Industry consulting and diagnostic services
- Renewable energy consulting
- Energy efficiency certification and incentive processing assistance
- Data management and information technology solutions
- Strategic marketing support
We promote energy and resource efficient green construction and certify:
CSG's New Construction team attracts highly qualified and motivated people with degrees in engineering, architecture and building science. Our experience and knowledge has enabled the company to bring our offerings into new markets such as the Southwest.
Why is Energy Efficient New Construction important?
New construction presents us with the opportunity to create energy efficient buildings that will stand the test of time and perform to a much higher standard than existing buildings. These green homes use fewer resources, less energy and ultimately cost homeowners less in monthly utilities. Typically, certified homes:
- Use 30-35 percent less energy
- Contribute 20-25 percent less greenhouse gases (GHG)
In addition to saving money, the new homes that Conservation Service Group certifies for energy efficiency are also healthier with better indoor air quality and more durable with lower maintenance costs.
New Construction Energy Efficiency Facts & Statistics
In the US, residences consume 22 percent of the nation’s energy and cause 20 percent of its Greenhouse Gas emissions. A typical home can produce twice the emissions of a typical car, but an energy efficient home can keep 4,500 lbs of emissions out of our air each year.
- Case study: LEED and ENERGY STAR for Homes certifications for a multi-family development in Boston, MA.
- Case study: LEED for Homes certifications for a residential housing construction project in Townsend, MA
- Case study: NYSERDA's ENERGY STAR Homes Program in New York State
- Fact: CSG has verified more than 50,000 new ENERGY STAR qualified homes
- Fact: CSG was selected by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED for Homes pilot demonstration provider in 2006 and is a top ranking LEED for Homes certifier in the Northeast.
- Fact: In 2011, CSG had more than 620 active LEED for Homes projects and was one of only 36 LEED-H providers in the country.
New Construction Efficiency - Related Links & Information
Conservation Services Group believes businesses benefit financially by continually improving their management of energy resources, and the environment benefits from reduced levels of related pollution. We are proud to offer services and products that can assist businesses who have committed to the goals of ENERGY STAR. More info: http://www.energystar.gov/