Join ENERGY STAR as a Residential New Construction Partner

Becoming an ENERGY STAR partner is easy. Simply fill out an ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement by following the appropriate link below. There is no cost to partner with ENERGY STAR or use ENERGY STAR promotional materials.

HOME BUILDERS, MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPERS, AND FACTORY BUILDERS

This Partnership Agreement is for companies or individuals that plan to construct one or more ENERGY STAR certified homes, either for sale or personal use.

  • Site Builders – Builders of single-family homes and low rise buildings that are constructed on-site.
  • Multifamily High Rise Developers – Companies or individuals that plan to construct ENERGY STAR certified units in multifamily high rise buildings.
  • Factory Builders – Manufacturers of single-family homes that are fully constructed in a factory environment.

To complete your Partnership Agreement, you will need to:

  1. Review the Terms and Commitments – Familiarize yourself with the requirements of the ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement(s) that are applicable to your organization:
  2. Determine a Signatory – Ensure that you have identified a company representative to serve as the official signatory of your ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement and is authorized to bind the organization to its terms.
  3. Identify your Verification Organization – If you are a Site Builder, you will be required to select a HERS Rating Company or Rating Provider who will work with you to ensure that your homes are properly certified to meet ENERGY STAR program requirements and reported to EPA. ENERGY STAR will verify your selection with the organization that you identify prior to approving your Partnership Agreement.

Home Builders may also choose to participate in:

100% Commitment Option

EPA offers special recognition to builders who commit to building 100% of their homes to meet ENERGY STAR program requirements. This commitment is denoted with a special 100% icon, as well as priority listing on the ENERGY STAR Partner Locator (once demonstrating progress toward fulfilling the commitment). Builders can track the number of ENERGY STAR certified homes reported to EPA by their HERS Rater or Rating Provider by visiting their My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA).

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program

This program recognizes newly built homes that include a comprehensive set of indoor air quality measures. The Indoor airPLUS Program is a great way for ENERGY STAR builder partners to further differentiate themselves. Indoor airPLUS is well aligned with the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, and verification can be performed by the same HERS Rater in conjunction with the standard ENERGY STAR inspections and testing. To learn more about construction specifications and about becoming an Indoor airPLUS Partner, visit the Indoor airPLUS website. The option to partner with the Indoor airPLUS Program will be available at the end of your ENERGY STAR partnership application process.

**Please note: if you are already an ENERGY STAR Partner and would like to sign an Indoor airPLUS Partnership Agreement, please log in to your My ENERGY STAR Account.

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RESIDENTIAL VERIFICATION ORGANIZATIONS (HERS RATERS AND PROVIDERS)

This Partnership Agreement is for trained and certified professionals who provide the analysis and on-site inspections and testing required for a home to earn the ENERGY STAR label.

  • HERS Rating Companies perform Home Energy Ratings in accordance with the industry standards established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
  • Accredited HERS Rating Providers are responsible for the oversight of certified HERS Raters, but may also perform their own Home Energy Ratings.

Residential Verification Organization partners are required to complete mandatory training. For more information about the training requirements, visit ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 Training Requirements.

To complete your Partnership Agreement, you will need to:

  1. Review the Terms and Commitments – Familiarize yourself with the requirements of the ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement for Residential Verification Organizations.
  2. Determine a Signatory – Ensure that you have identified a company representative to serve as the official signatory of your ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement and is authorized to bind the organization to its terms.
  3. Upload Training Certificates – Each Verification Organization partner must have at least one certified Home Energy Rater on-staff that has also completed mandatory ENERGY STAR-specific training. A valid training certificate for each individual must be uploaded as part of the Partnership Agreement process. For more information about these training requirements, visit ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 Training Requirements.
  4. Identify your Accredited Rating Provider – If your organization is a HERS Rating Company, you will be required to select an Accredited Rating Provider that you will be initially working with.Note that ENERGY STAR will verify your selection with the organization that you identify prior to approving your Partnership Agreement.

Residential Verification Organization partners may also take advantage of:

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program

This is a complementary labeling program to ENERGY STAR Certified Homes that recognizes newly built homes that include a comprehensive set of indoor air quality measures. Accredited Rating Providers and HERS Rating Companies are also eligible to verify homes for this program. Visit the Indoor airPLUS website for more information about program requirements. The option to partner with the Indoor airPLUS Program will be available at the end of your ENERGY STAR partnership application process.

**Please note: if you are already an ENERGY STAR partner and would like to sign an Indoor airPLUS Partnership Agreement, you can do so through your My ENERGY STAR Account.

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ARCHITECTS/HOME PLAN DESIGNERS

Architects/Home Plan Designers are individuals or organizations that design residential new construction plans. The plans must be qualified by a HERS Rater to earn the ENERGY STAR designation. The constructed house, if built to plan, will earn an ENERGY STAR label.

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UTILITIES AND OTHER SPONSORING PROGRAMS

Utilities and Other Sponsoring Programs are utilities; national, regional, state, or local government entities; or other organizations (such as home builders associations and green building programs) that promote or intend to promote ENERGY STAR certified homes.

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