ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Version 3 Program Requirements

Sector–Specific Policies: Homes Undergoing Gut Rehabilitation

EPA allows existing homes to earn the ENERGY STAR when all requirements of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program are met. EPA does recognize that some of the current program requirements present unique challenges for existing homes, even those undergoing a gut rehabilitation.

To help mitigate these challenges, EPA has developed alternative compliance options for existing homes. These alternative options are for specific items on the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Inspection Checklists and will be incorporated directly into these Inspection Checklists with the release of Revision 07. These alternatives are available for use and are listed in the Policy Record. See Recent Policy Changes and Clarifications.

While EPA does not mandate the scope of work for existing home projects, it has identified key components that may be needed to meet the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program requirements. These include the following:

  1. Remove exterior cladding and the outer surface of roof to install and/or verify the components on the Water Management Builder System Checklist and Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist
  2. Replace or expose most systems, equipment, or components (e.g. HVAC and ducts, windows, insulation)
  3. Grade the site and/or provide drains/swales
  4. Implement below-grade moisture management strategies

EPA acknowledges that additional alternatives, increased flexibility, and alternative assessment protocols would expand the number of homes able to earn the ENERGY STAR. EPA is committed to including additional alternatives as they become available so that more homes may earn the ENERGY STAR label without sacrificing performance.

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EPA received comments PDF (338KB) from partners and other stakeholders regarding the Proposed Alternative Compliance Pathways for Homes Undergoing a Gut Rehabilitation PDF (572KB). Note: These were the proposed alternatives and not all alternatives were adopted. For the available alternatives, please see the most recent Policy Record found here: Recent Policy Changes and Clarifications

Summary of Public Comment Period for Proposed Alternative Pathways for Gut Rehabilitation Projects PDF (222KB) — This document contains a summary of comments received during the gut rehabilitation comment period, along with EPA's response to each point raised and the resulting policy change, if any.