Energy-efficient features claims

92% High-Efficiency Dual Furnace

  • Keep your home nice and warm while saving even more money.
  • These furnaces represent the leading edge in energy efficiency, converting 92 percent of fuel into heat.

Source: energy.gov

Advanced building techniques

  • Cuts maintenance and energy costs with high-performance insulation and advanced framing.

Source: See Advanced Framing, Thermal Breaks, Conditioned Attics and Spray Foam Insulation

Advanced framing

  • A system of framing techniques based on optimizing building materials to help make walls more energy-efficient and provide more space for high-performance materials like spray foam insulation. By following U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for advanced framing, homes are better insulated and have reduced thermal bridging, which provides more comfort and less operating costs.
  • Makes walls more energy-efficient.

Advanced thermostat

  • A programmable thermostat that can help improve comfort by automatically maintaining a cozy temperature and reduce energy usage by up to 10%.

Air filtration system

  • Air filtration systems are designed to bring in fresh air every day so you can breathe better and feel better. We help keep allergens out by sealing your home, resulting in a fresh supply of healthy air.
  • High-performance air filtration improves indoor air quality by reducing harmful indoor allergens and pet dander.

All-season windows

  • Low-E windows cut down on air leaks, creating a temperature barrier and reduce temperature transference.

CFL light bulbs

  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) typically use a quarter of the energy incandescent bulbs use and last up to 10x longer.

Climate-sealed home

  • Spray Foam Insulation creates an air barrier which reduces loss of conditioned air using state-of-the-art spray foam insulation.
  • Sealed Insulated Ducts reduce air leaks, which increases efficiency & helps lower utility bills.

Conditioned attics

  • Conditioned attics help reduce sources of deterioration from moisture, dust and extreme temperatures, help hold comfortable temperatures in your home and stop temperature-regulated air from escaping.
  • An unvented attic is warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the HVAC load.
  • A conditioned attic will stay dry, avoiding problems with mold and wood rot, and thus can serve as living or storage space.

Dual-actuated toilets

  • A dual-flush toilet uses two buttons or handles to flush different levels of water, letting you decide how much to flush, which saves water while maintaining high performance.
  • By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent
  • WaterSense labeled models will, on average, save more than $90 per year in reduced water utility bills, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets.
  • Design advances enable WaterSense labeled toilets to save water with no trade-off in flushing power.

Energy-efficient lighting

  • Typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer.

ENERGY STAR® certified appliances

  • Home appliances with superior energy efficiency according to EPA established standards. ENERGY STAR® is a certification established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide standards for smart and energy-efficient design. ENERGY STAR® appliances have gone through rigorous design requirements, testing, and certifications.
  • ENERGY STAR® certified appliances help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance.

ENERGY STAR® certified homes

  • Meritage’s homes are inspected, tested and verified to EPA standards to be more efficient than typical new homes.

ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence

  • The EPA's highest level of recognition. An award granted to Meritage Homes (and other organizations) in multiple years for its commitment to educating others about the value and benefits of energy efficiency and for building thousands of ENERGY STAR® certified homes

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Triple Certified Home

  • A home that has received certification for energy efficiency, indoor air health and water resource conservation (ENERGY STAR® + Indoor airPlus + Watersense). These certifications are available options in any Meritage Home.

Flow-smart showerheads

  • Showerheads that use less water than a standard model. These showerheads can reduce water usage by up to 50%, providing you with savings on water costs and energy costs.

Fresh air management system

  • Helps to maintain high air quality by regulating airflow and filtration throughout the home, and helps to keep clean, filtered, fresh air circulating throughout your home.

Health-promoting barrier

  • We're building healthier homes to provide more comfort for your family. When your home is sealed better, it can improve your home’s air quality and help reduce the effects of allergens.
  • Health-promoting barriers reduce space for pests and pollutants by sealing interior and exterior walls.*
  • Spray Foam Insulation reduces space for external pests, mold, airborne pollutants and allergens.
  • Sealed Insulated Ducts are tested to EPA standards and boost the effectiveness of the HVAC system.
  • Source: energystar.gov
  • Sealing ducts can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.
  • Source: energystar.gov

Healthier building materials

  • Healthy homes start from the bones out. We're building homes that promote health with healthier building materials. That includes fresh air management systems, healthier paint and flooring options, and more. Promotes a safer home environment by not introducing many chemicals that may cause health issues.
  • Without mechanical ventilation to provide fresh air, moisture, odors, and other pollutants can build up inside a home. Mechanical ventilation systems circulate fresh air using ducts and fans, rather than relying on airflow through small holes or cracks in a home’s walls, roof, or windows.
  • Source: energystar.gov
  • Low-to-Zero VOC Materials, Paints, Stains & Adhesives limit the amount of potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home.
  • Source: epa.gov

High-performance air filtration

  • Improves indoor air quality by reducing harmful indoor allergens and pet dander.
  • High-Performance Air Filtration improves home’s air quality and reduces the quantity of allergens.

Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

  • The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured and the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance, according to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®).
  • When you’re buying a home it can help you anticipate the costs of energy bills. The lower the HERS score, the more energy efficient the home.
  • The Home Energy Rating System, featured in a number of Meritage model homes, measures a home’s energy efficiency on a scale of 150 to 0—the lower the score the better.
    • 100 | Typical new home score
    • 80 | Considered an ENERGY STAR® rating
    • 61 | Average HERS score of a Meritage home

Humidistat

  • Works with your thermostat to reduce humidity levels in your home. This limits the potential for excess moisture, mold, or dampness.

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)

  • In addition to exhaust ventilation provided in Kitchens and Baths, fresh air ventilation is provided per strict design and testing standards to improve indoor air quality.
  • Today's best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Indoor airPLUS certification

  • This certification ensures your home’s indoor air quality meets or exceed the EPA’s standards for excellence.

Insulated garage doors

  • Lock in even more heat or cool air with an insulated garage door.

LED lighting

  • LED bulbs are highly energy-efficient and, on average, use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.

Low-E windows

  • High-performance windows that deflect up to 70% of the sun’s heat and reduce the chance of indoor condensation. Low-e windows also reduce temperature transference so you can read by the window year-round.
  • Source: energy.gov
  • Today's energy-efficient windows can dramatically lower the heating and cooling costs associated with windows while increasing occupant comfort and minimizing window surface condensation problems.
  • Source: lbl.gov

Low to zero VOC materials, paints, stains and adhesives

  • Low-emitting paints, glues, varnishes, and other materials that meet the U.S. EPA standards for low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) materials.

MERV 8 HVAC filtration

  • A higher-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) filter measured by Minimum Efficiency Rating Values (MERV). The HVAC system helps improve a home’s air quality and reduces the quantity of allergens.
  • Medium efficiency filters with a MERV of 5 to 13 are reasonably efficient at removing small to large airborne particles. Filters with a MERV between 7 and 13 are likely to be nearly as effective as true HEPA filters at controlling most airborne indoor particles. Medium efficiency air filters are generally less expensive than HEPA filters and allow quieter HVAC fan operation and higher airflow rates than HEPA filters since they have less airflow resistance.

MERV 11 HVAC filtration

Improves home’s air quality and reduces the quantity of allergens.

NET ZERO home

  • NET ZERO Homes are designed to produce as much energy as they use annually. Meritage Homes is the first “usatoday.com” to offer net-zero homes in an effort to build homes that cost less to operate.

PEX plumbing

  • A superior alternative to metal pipes, PEX maintains better water pressure, resists scale buildup, is more resistant to temperature and pressure changes and doesn’t transfer heat as readily as copper.

Remote home management

  • Allows you to use your mobile device to access and control your home systems remotely.

Sealed insulated ducts

  • Sealed ducts use better sealing techniques that allow the HVAC system to keep more dust out, maintain internal temperatures, and better control internal humidity. Sealed ducts cost less to operate and keep a home cleaner. They also reduce air leaks, which increases efficiency and helps lower utility bills.

SEER 14 HVAC

  • A Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system that runs more efficiently to reduce humidity and maximize comfort at less cost.
  • ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings and use 8 percent less energy than conventional new models.

SEER 15 HVAC

  • Runs more efficiently to reduce humidity and maximize comfort at less cost.

SEER 16 HVAC

  • Seasonal Energy Efficient Rated HVAC system includes variable drive that allows your home to adjust to unseasonably mild or warm days, lowering energy and upping comfort.

Solar energy system

  • Solar energy system works to gather and store the sun's energy and save you money on utility bills. A solar energy system uses solar panels to convert sun rays into usable energy to reduce the cost to operate your home. The system can be sized to offset as much monthly energy as the roof can accommodate to achieve Zero Net Energy.

Spray foam insulated attics

  • Reduce sources of deterioration from moisture, dust & extreme temperatures.

Spray foam insulation

  • Spray Foam Insulation minimizes the amount of noise that travels through exterior walls. It helps to keep outside noise out and inside noise in, for quieter homes and happier neighbors.
  • Source: foam-tech.com
  • Polyurethane Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation reduces air infiltration, which can cause up to 40% of a home's energy loss.
  • Source: whysprayfoam.org
  • It creates an air barrier that reduces loss of conditioned air and helps keep your home consistently cozy, while minimizing the amount of noise that travels through exterior walls.
  • Source: whysprayfoam.org
  • Spray foam insulation’s barrier also reduces space for external pests, mold, airborne pollutants and allergens.
  • Source: whysprayfoam.org

Tankless hot water heater

  • Heat water without the use of a large storage tank. The result is a more efficient use of heat and a constant supply of hot water for your home.

Temperature-regulating features

  • Temperature regulating features promote consistent temperatures in every room by regulating airflow and reducing hot and cold spots. That means more comfort in every room, in any season.
  • Source: See Advanced Thermostat, Conditioned Attics, SEER 14 HVAC and Spray Foam Insulation

Thermal breaks

  • Insulating barriers between the inside and outside of your home (your home’s thermal envelope) that help create a more consistent temperature and lower HVAC costs by reducing thermal bridging (areas of high heat transfer) between conditioned areas and outdoors.
  • Part of the advanced construction techniques used in Meritage homes, thermal breaks help increase the overall performance of a home by reducing thermal bridging (areas of high heat transfer) between conditioned areas and outdoors.

Water-efficient faucets

  • Water–efficient fixtures that will help you reduce water use in your home and save money on water bills. Water-efficient fixtures provide high pressure for full function without the energy and water waste found in conventional designs.
Source: epa.gov

WaterSense certification

  • The U.S. EPA’s WaterSense certification ensures your home's indoor and landscape water usage meets or exceeds the EPA's standards for efficiency.
  • Products bearing the WaterSense label have been independently certified to perform well; help save water, energy, and money; and encourage innovation in manufacturing.

Weather-sensing irrigation

  • Reduce overwatering by using weather data, such as temperature and rain gauges, to adjust irrigation and help keep plants healthy.

Whole-home water filtration

  • Water treatment system that helps filter out harmful contaminants that can impact your food, your body and your laundry

Water-saving features

  • Saves money each month by regulating water flow without sacrificing function.
  • Source: See Dual-Actuated Toilets, Water-Efficient Faucets, Flow-Smart Showerheads and ENERGY STAR® Certified Appliances.

General Energy Claims

 Live with Peace of Mind

  • After 30+ years and over 100,000 homes, we’re still committed to being a partner you can trust.
  • Meritage Homes partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to certify our homes to an ENERGY STAR label. That means each home meets their high standards for energy efficiency.
  • Our homes are inspected, tested and verified to EPA standards to be more efficient than typical new homes.

 

Source: energystar.gov

Meritage Homes is the First NET ZERO National Builder

Source: bizjournals.com

Twice as energy-efficient

  • When energy efficiency is done right, it matters more. It’s integrated into every facet of your home, from the way it’s constructed to how it’s designed, making your Meritage home, on average, as much as twice as energy-efficient as a typical U.S. home of the same size.

 

Setting the new standard

  • Meritage Homes raised the stakes in energy-efficient building with the first production home designed to have net-zero energy use.

 

Source: bizjournals.com

  • Meritage Homes Corporation has championed the ENERGY STAR® Certified New homes program as the baseline for every home it builds, and incorporates ENERGY STAR throughout its marketing and sales materials.

 

Source: energystar.gov

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Not all features are standard or available in all homes and communities. All estimates and claims related to features performance (including, without limitation, energy performance/savings and health promotion) are created exclusively by third party suppliers, rating services, utility companies, and/or certified auditors, based on DOE methodology and average energy use and scores where applicable. Actual energy savings/performance of any home or any of its features may vary widely, depending in part on location, occupant behavior, and changes in energy provider rates and programs. Home, features, and community information is subject to change at any time without notice or obligation. All URLs are provided for illustration purposes, are not exclusive, and were valid as of February 1, 2017, when last accessed, but subject to change without notice or obligation