For more information about the transition from Version 2 to Version 3.1, including the transitional Version 2.5 and Version 3 guidelines, see the Transition Timeline for Florida.
There are two paths to qualify a home to earn the ENERGY STAR. The Prescriptive Path is based on a predefined package of improvements, while the Performance Path is based on a customized package of upgrades.
Technical guides for the ENERGY STAR Inspection Checklists are available at the Building America Solutions Center, created by the U.S. Department of Energy. These free guides replace EPA's Inspection Checklist Field Guidebooks and provide a wealth of building science and energy-efficiency information. They are intended to be aligned with, and used as a supplemental resource to, the Version 3 guidelines but do not represent the official policy of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Where questions arise, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPA periodically makes policy changes and clarifications, typically in response to a unique situation within a particular climate zone, and shares frequently�asked questions. See Recent Policy Changes and Clarifications.
Version 3 includes new and more rigorous requirements for builders, raters, and HVAC contractors. EPA requires that they each complete training on Version 3 to promote successful adoption and has created a number of resources to assist them in understanding the guidelines. Learn More