Building or buying a new home is a major investment. Help your customers incorporate the best energy-saving technology into their homes with BuildSmart®, a higher standard in new home energy efficiency.
BuildSmart® is our energy-efficient new home certification program. Here's how it works:
- BuildSmart® homes are certified by FPL to be built to a higher standard of energy efficiency
- BuildSmart® homes save up to 30 percent on energy bills, compared with homes that simply comply with the Florida building code
- Our energy experts partner with you to plan, inspect and test your new home's energy-saving systems
- Our services include an energy-efficiency analysis and recommendations, testing of HVAC air duct systems by trained FPL inspectors, and verification of energy-efficient upgrades prior to occupancy
As a certified BuildSmart® builder, you will receive:
- Energy performance calculations to aid in marketing your homes.
- Site signs to help buyers identify you as a BuildSmart® builder.
- Sales staff briefing on the advantages of BuildSmart®.
- Rights to use the FPL BuildSmart® seal of approval in your advertising.
- Listing on FPL.com's Builder and Contractor locator.
BuildSmart® helps you find cost-effective solutions to exceed the minimum performance requirements of the Florida code. Consumer research* shows that:
- Buyers look to their builder for information about energy efficiency. BuildSmart® provides an FPL-endorsed solution that meets the needs of energy-conscious buyers.
- Buyers want homes that cost less to maintain and operate. BuildSmart® homes are designed to deliver lower energy bills.
- Buyers place a greater trust in BuildSmart® builders. Differentiate yourself and your product. Our certification acknowledges that your product is superior to homes that simply comply with code, reflecting your commitment to quality.
BuildSmart®Certification is based on three criteria:
- The home's e-ratio score. Florida code requires every home to meet a score of .85 or lower. BuildSmart® homes are targeted to exceed the e-ratio minimum by 10 percent or more.
- Cooling and heating air ducts must pass a diagnostic test.
- The central air-conditioning system must have a minimum cooling efficiency (SEER) of 14.
Overview of the BuildSmart® Process
Plan Review - Our energy experts review the plans of your most popular models and help identify a cost-effective path to making the homes BuildSmart®.
EPI E-Ratio Calculations - We will calculate the projected energy performance based on the BuildSmart® package(s) you plan to offer. We'll let you know how much your customers can expect to save in the years to come.
Inspection and Certification - We inspect every BuildSmart® home. Our inspectors examine air conditioning duct systems and verify that energy upgrades are in place. The home is certified as BuildSmart®, and a certificate is issued for presentation to the new home owners.