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Which Version of the Florida Program Requirements Should I Use?

ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Implementation Schedule for Florida


Version #1 Applicable to Homes with the Following Permit Date 2 Version Description
Florida Interim Program Requirements Before 04/01/2011 HERS Index ≤ HERS 77 or Florida Builder Option Package. Thermal Bypass Checklist enforced.
Version 2.5 3 04/01/2011 to 12/31/2011 HERS Index ≤ HERS 77 or Florida Builder Option Package. Air Barriers and Air Sealing sections of Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist enforced; all other checklists from Version 3 of the national program completed but not enforced.
Version 3 4 01/01/2012 to 06/30/2012 HERS Index ≤ HERS 77 or Florida Builder Option Package. All checklists from Version 3 of the national program completed & enforced.
Version 3.1 07/01/2012 Version 3.1 Florida ENERGY STAR Reference Design. All checklists from Version 3 of the national program completed & enforced.

Implementation Schedule Notes

  1. All low-income projects financed through low-income housing agencies may earn the ENERGY STAR under the current Interim Florida Program Requirements 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 FL Version 2.5 Program Requirements, and under the Version 3 Program Requirements if application for funding is received between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012. If the application for funding is received on or after July 1, 2012 then the homes must earn the ENERGY STAR under the Version 3.1 Program Requirements.
  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 were 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. Homes can be certified under the Version 2.5 Program Requirements in advance of the dates above at the discretion of builders and their Raters. However, homes may not be certified as Version 3 until January 1, 2012.
  4. 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 July 1, 2012 on a pilot program basis, provided that the sponsor meets certain requirements.

Florida Interim Program Requirements

  • Homes permitted before April 1, 2011 can continue to be certified under the Florida Interim Program Requirements.
  • Low–income projects financed through low-income housing agencies can continue to be certified under the Florida Interim Program Requirements 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 certified under the Florida Version 2.5 Program Requirements, at the builder's discretion.

Go to the Florida Interim Program Requirements.

Version 2.5 for Florida

  • All homes that are permitted between April 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 must be certified under the Florida Version 2.5 Program Requirements.
  • 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 Florida Version 2.5 Program Requirements.

Go to the Version 2.5 Transitional Program Requirements for Florida.

Version 3 for Florida

  • All homes that are permitted between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012 must be certified under the Florida Version 3 Program Requirements.
  • If the application for financing for low-income projects financed through low-income housing agencies is received between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012, then the homes must earn the ENERGY STAR under the Florida Version 3 Program Requirements.
  • No homes may be certified under Version 3 prior to January 1, 2012, except as part of a sponsored Version 3 pilot program.

Go to the Florida Version 3 Program Requirements.

Version 3.1 for Florida

  • All homes that are permitted after July 1, 2012 must be certified under the Florida Version 3.1 Program Requirements.
  • If the application for financing for low–income projects financed through low–income housing agencies is received after July 1, 2012, then the homes must earn the ENERGY STAR under the Florida Version 3.1 Program Requirements.
  • No homes may be certified under Version 3 prior to January 1, 2012, except as part of a sponsored Version 3 pilot program.

Go to the Florida Version 3.1 Program Requirements.