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Determine if a building is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR through the Multifamily High Rise Program by meeting the criteria outlined below.
EPA has developed two programs to provide ENERGY STAR certification for multifamily residential1 buildings of all sizes. New construction 2 mid and high rise multifamily buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR through the Multifamily High Rise Program while units in low rise multifamily buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR through the Certified Homes Program.
Existing commercial facilities such as motels/hotels, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities3, and dormitories do not qualify under either of these programs, however, they are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR through the EPA’s commercial and industrial programs. To learn more about how these and other existing commercial buildings can earn ENERGY STAR certification, please visit the Buildings and Plants page. To learn more about the new construction program for commercial buildings visit www.energystar.gov/DesignToEarn.
Follow the decision tree below or this flowchart (194KB) to determine which program your multifamily building can use to earn the ENERGY STAR. Please note that because of their unique building characteristics, buildings with 4 or 5 stories will either fall under the MFHR Program or the Certified Homes Program depending on their mechanical systems and percentage of residential space.