For more information about the transition from the BOP to Version 3, including the transitional Version 2.5 guidelines, see the Transition Timeline for Hawaii.
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 that is equivalent in performance to the ENERGY STAR Reference Design home.
The Version 2.5 Program Requirements for Hawaii require the completion and enforcement of four inspection checklists:
These checklists include building science practices that promote improved comfort, indoor air quality, and durability in certified homes. The Inspection Checklists document contains the four checklists that every home certified under Version 2.5 must complete. See the ENERGY STAR Inspection Checklists for Guam, Hawaii & Puerto Rico (773KB).
While the inspection checklists must be completed under Version 2.5, certain allowances are made that will help partners successfully transition from the Version 2 to 3 guidelines. To see these allowances, read the ENERGY STAR Version 2.5 Program Requirements for Guam, Hawaii & Puerto Rico (216KB).
EPA has developed guidebooks on the HVAC System and Water Management System checklists to explain the rationale behind each item.
'Sampling' allows builders who have demonstrated an ability to consistently meet the ENERGY STAR guidelines to minimize production interruptions and verification costs. For more information, see Chapter 6 of the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards .
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.