Licensed Professionals (Verify Applications)

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EPA relies on licensed professionals (LPs) to ensure that commercial buildings certified as ENERGY STAR are what they say they are — top energy performers that haven’t sacrificed comfort for efficiency. As part of the certification process, a building owner or manager is required to have a licensed professional verify that the information in their application is accurate and complete before it’s submitted to EPA. That’s where you come in. By providing this verification, you not only ensure the integrity of the ENERGY STAR program, you tap a growing market of building owners and managers seeking ENERGY STAR certification (and possibly other services). Learn how to provide this value-added service for commercial buildings by downloading the Licensed Professionals Guide.

Eligibility

Before getting started, ensure that you meet the required criteria:

  • Possess a current license as a Professional Engineer (PE) or a Registered Architect (RA) in any U.S. State, Canadian Province, or territory of the U.S. or Canada and be in good standing;
  • Have a working knowledge of building systems, ASHRAE Standard 55 and 62.1, and the IESNA Lighting Handbook; and
  • Understand the jurisdiction’s engineering and architectural licensure laws, professional ethics requirements, and regulations.

Get added to the directory

EPA refers building owners and managers to the Directory of Licensed Professionals to find Professional Engineers and Registered Architects who have verified applications for ENERGY STAR certification. Find out how to get listed.

Licensed professionals offering cost-free verifications can request this to be designated in the directory.

*For information on verifying industrial plants, please download the ENERGY STAR Industrial Plant Certification: Professional Engineers’ Guide.

We take this seriously

The credibility and integrity of ENERGY STAR rests on the validation that licensed professionals provide. If you’re found to have falsified information on a building’s application for ENERGY STAR certification, EPA reserves the right to pursue recourse through state/territorial/provincial licensing authorities and under Federal law.  Title 18 USC Section 1001, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, Fraud and False Statements, holds that:

“Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully – (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years … or both.”

[Full text of Title 18 USC Sec 1001 is available at: http://uscode.house.gov]