Step 3: Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition

Relax! The architect of record (AOR) will complete this step. However, you should familiarize yourself with the process below, so you can follow up with your team and ensure every step has been completed.

The process listed below is for Commercial New Construction projects. For Multifamily high rise, see How to Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR for requirements for this property type.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Your commercial new construction project meets the eligibility rules and requirements.
  • Your ENERGY STAR 1 – 100 design score is 75 or higher.
  • Your design project is saved in Portfolio Manager.

Application Process Overview

The Architect of Record (AOR):

  1. Completes the Statement of Energy Design Intent.
  2. Optionally, completes and submits a Design Profile to be posted on the ENERGY STAR website.
  3. Emails application documents to EPA.
  4. EPA notifies the AOR with application status.

See who else has achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects

Join the nationwide competition to submit projects that have achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR! Learn more about the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects.

Why you need to sign an "Owner’s Letter of Intent"

Once the architect and design team’s job is done, this building becomes part of your organization’s energy management program. Just because the building is expected to earn the ENERGY STAR doesn’t mean it will. You are an important part of the cycle, and your committing to measure the operational performance now will help ensure that the cycle continues.