A Consumer Guide to Minimum Standards for Energy Efficiency
If you are interested in purchasing a quality home – or want to learn more about how to make your home more energy efficient – this guide provides a quick way to assess home energy performance. The list includes information on energy code requirements based on the 2009 Michigan Uniform Energy Code (MUEC), which became effective on March 9, 2011.
Energy efficient homes are more comfortable, cost less to operate, and pollute less. When builders meet or exceed energy code requirements, homebuyers benefit from superior quality of construction and lower utility bills.
This checklist does not cover every aspect of the energy code, but looks at the requirements that are easiest to understand and see in a home after construction is complete. With the information below, a consumer can determine whether a new home likely meets the energy code or what upgrades may be needed when renovating an existing home.