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Sponsor partners use the ENERGY STAR platform in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs for their markets. Utilities, national, regional, state, or local government entities, or other organizations such as home builders associations and green building programs that promote or intend to promote ENERGY STAR certified homes can sponsor an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program and those interested in promoting mid and high rise multifamily buildings can do so by sponsoring an ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) program.

Becoming an ENERGY STAR partner is easy. Simply fill out an ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement. There is no cost to partner with ENERGY STAR or use ENERGY STAR promotional materials.

Click here to complete your ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement

Note: Sponsors who are actively promoting an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program do not need to sign a separate Partnership Agreement if they plan on sponsoring an MFHR Program, as well. Instead, please contact mfhr@energystar.gov for more information.

ENERGY STAR Partnership Requirements for Sponsors

The following are the requirements of the ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement as it pertains to ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and MFHR program Sponsors.

For sponsors offering financial incentives:

  • Sponsor partners must maintain an active status with the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and/or MFHR programs by directly incentivizing ENERGY STAR certification in a manner appropriate for the market and/or providing ENERGY STAR-related training for local stakeholders – i.e., builders, developers, Home Energy Raters, Licensed Professionals, HVAC contractors, real estate professionals, etc. – and raising consumer awareness through marketing and education.
  • Sponsor partners who seek to use "ENERGY STAR" in their program name must obtain approval from EPA by contacting energystarhomes@energystar.gov if they are sponsoring a Certified Homes program or mfhr@energystar.gov if they are sponsoring a MFHR program. EPA will only grant approval if the program offers at least one incentive offering that requires ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR does not need to be mandatory for ALL incentive eligibility.

For sponsors not offering financial incentives:

  • Sponsor partners must maintain an active status with the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and/or Multifamily High Rise program by providing ENERGY STAR-related training for local stakeholders – i.e., builders, developers, Home Energy Raters, Licensed Professionals, HVAC contractors, real estate professionals, etc. – and/or raising consumer awareness through marketing and education.
  • Sponsor partners who seek to use "ENERGY STAR" in their program name must obtain approval from EPA by contacting energystarhomes@energystar.gov if they are sponsoring a Certified Homes program or mfhr@energystar.gov if they are sponsoring a MFHR program. EPA will only grant approval if the program demonstrates that they conduct marketing, education, and outreach activities tied to ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and/or ENERGY STAR MFHR buildings.

Additional requirements for sponsor partners include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and MFHR programs in a manner consistent with the national platform to promote highly efficient new homes that meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and/or ENERGY STAR MFHR program’s specifications.
  • Adherence to the ENERGY STAR Identity (Logo Use) Guidelines.
  • Responsiveness to annual inquiries from EPA regarding the partner’s program.
  • Keeping the My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA) up-to-date, including updating contact information.

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