A new record for Energy Star homes

While more single-family homes than ever carry the designation, some states lag far behind

I want to take this occasion to wish a happy 20th anniversary to — no, not my wife (because that anniversary would be closer to 40 years) but to Energy Star!

Yes, the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy program has been around for 20 years, although the new-home designation didn’t start until 1995. What will two decades of designation bring forth?