Building or buying a new home is a major investment. Incorporate the best energy-saving technology into your home 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 your builder 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.
BuildSmart upgrades pay you back every month. A BuildSmart home can save you up to 30 percent or more on your monthly energy bills - and that's just the beginning!
- Experience greater comfort and cleaner indoor air with high-performance cooling and heating systems and sealed air ducts
- Conserve Florida's natural resources
- Get peace of mind knowing FPL has certified their new home
Customized Energy Efficiency
Our energy experts work with you and your builder to find the efficiency upgrades that fit your budget and lifestyle. Choose simple upgrades - or go high tech.
Options can include:
- High-efficiency A/C systems
- Sealed A/C duct systems
- Upgraded ceiling insulation
- Radiant barriers
- High-performance windows
- Moving air-handle into conditioned space
From reviewing plans to moving day, BuildSmart homebuyers enjoy the support of FPL's energy experts from start to finish.
- Blueprint for Success - Our energy experts begin by reviewing your house plans. We'll identify options that can save you money for years to come
- BuildSmart Consultation - Your FPL energy expert provides information and advice on a flexible set of efficiency improvements for your home
- FPL Certification - Once FPL's energy experts are satisfied, your home is certified as BuildSmart
BuildSmart Certification is based on three criteria:
- The Florida Energy Code requires every home to have a minimum Home Energy Score (HES) of 100. BuildSmart homes are targeted to exceed the HES score by a minimum of 10% resulting in a HES score of 90 or lower.
- Cooling and heating air ducts must pass a diagnostic test
- The central air-conditioning system must have a minimum cooling efficiency (SEER) of 14
Contact an FPL program specialist for more information about BuildSmart homes.