Designed to earn the ENERGY STAR: eligibility rules and requirements
- The design project must meet the eligibility criteria to receive a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score.
- The design project must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher.
- The completed project must’ve been intended to be metered in such a way that the energy data for the operating building can receive a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score.
- The project must be either a new construction project or the result of major renovations, not of a retrofit/upgrade to an existing building.
- The project must not be consuming any energy nor generating utility bills. Applications may be submitted during the construction phase but not once the building is built and operating.
- The project must be an entire property and not a portion thereof (e.g., individual tenant space or an addition that is less than 50 percent of the existing floor space).
- The project is not a hospital addition.
- The architect of record (AOR) must already be an ENERGY STAR partner. If the firm isn’t already a partner, it must join when it applies for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition.
- All online application questions must be answered.
- A Statement of Energy Design Intent (SEDI) must be stamped and signed by a registered architect or professional engineer.
- An AOR’s letter of intent must be signed by the AOR and printed on the AOR’s letterhead.
- A separate owner’s letter of intent must be signed by a C-level executive at the owner/developer’s organization and printed on their letterhead.
- NOTE: Each of these letters of intent must be signed and dated within 15 days after the SEDI was signed and stamped.