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ENERGY STAR New Homes Version 3 Implementation Schedule


This graphic illustrates the implementation timeline for the ENERGY STAR New Homes Version 3 guidelines, which generally occurs beginning 1/1/2012. The implementation date is determined by the permit date and date of final inspection for a home. Homes with permit dates prior to 4/1/2011 and final inspection dates before 12/31/2011 may qualify under Version 2 of the guidelines or, at the builder's discretion, under Version 2.5. Homes with permit dates before 4/1/2011 and final inspection dates between 1/1/2012 and 7/1/2012 must qualify under Version 2.5. Homes that are permitted between 4/1/2011 and 12/31/2011 and have final inspection dates before 7/1/2012 must qualify under Version 2.5 of the guidelines. Homes with permit dates beyond 1/1/2012 or final inspection dates beyond 7/1/2012 must qualify under Version 3 of the guidelines. Further details are included in the Implementation Schedule Notes.

Implementation Schedule Notes

  1. The date of the final inspection for the home (i.e., the date at which all of the field inspections are complete for the home, not necessarily the date when the label is issued).
  2. The Rater may define the 'permit date' as either the date that the permit was issued or the date of the contract on the home. In cases where permit or contract dates are not available, Providers have discretion to estimate permit dates based on other construction schedule factors. These assumptions should be both defensible and documented.
  3. All low-income projects financed through low-income housing agencies may earn the ENERGY STAR under the last iteration of the guidelines, Version 2, until January 1, 2013 as long as the application for funding for those homes was received by the low-income housing agency before April 1, 2011 and the housing project includes at least one unit reserved for low-income tenants. If the application for funding is received between April 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, then the homes must earn the ENERGY STAR under the Version 2.5 guidelines if completed before July 1, 2012, and under the Version 3 guidelines if completed on or after July 1, 2012. If the application for funding is received on or after January 1, 2012 then the homes must earn the ENERGY STAR under the Version 3 guidelines.
  4. Homes can be qualified under the Version 2.5 guidelines at any time in 2011 at the discretion of builders and their Raters. However, homes may not be qualified under Version 3 until January 1, 2012.
  5. Where a utility or state sponsor is mandating or incentivizing early adoption of Version 3 in their area, EPA will allow the labeling of ENERGY STAR Version 3 prior to January 1, 2012 on a pilot program basis, provided that the sponsor meets certain requirements.

Version 2

  • Homes permitted before April 1, 2011 can continue to be qualified under Version 2 until December 31, 2011.
  • Low�income projects financed through low-income housing agencies can continue to be qualified under Version 2 until January 1, 2013 as long as the application for funding for those homes was received by the low-income housing agency before April 1, 2011 and the housing project includes at least one unit reserved for low-income tenants.
  • Any of the above homes may be qualified under Version 2.5, at the builder's discretion.

Go to the Version 2 guidelines.

Version 2.5

  • All homes that are permitted between April 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 and have final inspection dates before July 1, 2012 must be qualified under Version 2.5.
  • Homes that are permitted before April 1, 2011 must be qualified under Version 2.5 if they have final inspection dates between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2012.
  • If the application for financing for low�income projects financed through low�income housing agencies is received between April 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, then the homes must earn the ENERGY STAR under the Version 2.5 guidelines if completed before July 1, 2012.

Go to the Version 2.5 Transitional Guidelines.

Version 3

  • All homes with permit dates after January 1, 2012 must be qualified under Version 3.
  • All homes with permit dates prior to January 1, 2012 must be qualified under Version 3 if the final inspection dates are after July 1, 2012.
  • No homes may be qualified under Version 3 prior to January 1, 2012, except as part of a sponsored Version 3 pilot program.

Go to the Version 3 guidelines.

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