On March 1, 2009, Florida adopted a 2009 Supplement to the 2007 Florida Building Code, which increased the energy efficiency of the 2007 code baseline by 15%. As a result, the energy performance of code-built homes in Florida approached that of homes earning the ENERGY STAR. To address this concern, EPA took steps to increase the ENERGY STAR guidelines for homes built in Florida. EPA, in consultation with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), developed the following policy:
All homes permitted in Florida between June 1, 2009 and March 31, 2011 must achieve a HERS Index of 77 or better to earn the ENERGY STAR. EPA has also developed a commensurate regional interim Builder Option Package (BOP) for Florida (480KB).
Homes permitted prior to June 1, 2009 can earn the ENERGY STAR by following the guidelines of the Version 2 National Performance Path (99KB), or a Builder Option Package. The BOP guidelines in Florida are detailed in both the Version 2 National BOP (131KB) and the county-level BOPs below.
For more information about the Version 2.5 and Version 3/3.1 guidelines that are applicable to homes permitted on or after April 01, 2011, see the Transition Timeline for Florida.
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