Step 5: Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR

Designed to earn the ENERGY STAR logo

Both Portfolio Manager and Target Finder can calculate a 1 –100 ENERGY STAR score for eligible commercial new construction projects. This score rates the estimated energy use of your design against energy consumption of existing buildings nationwide, and normalizes for key characteristics such as size, function, and weather. For example, a score of 50 signifies that your design is comparable to the median energy performance.  A score of 75 indicates that your design project is intended to perform more efficiently than 75 percent of comparable buildings nationwide.

If your design receives a score of 75 or higher, it is eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. There is no fee to apply for and receive recognition from EPA. Not sure if your architecture firm should apply? Read 10 reasons you & your client will benefit from it and see who else has achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

How to Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR Recognition

The Architect of Record for the design project is responsible for submitting the application to EPA. You can get the updated detailed instructions by downloading How to Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

Eligibility Criteria

Overview of the Application Process

  1. The Architect of Record (AOR) completes the application documents:
    1. Statement of Energy Design Intent
    2. AOR’s Letter of Intent
    3. Owner’s Letter of Intent

           d. Design profile (This is optional but we encourage you to submit a case study with your application.)

           e.  Service and Product Provider Partnership Agreement (for Commercial New Construction), if the AOR firm is not an ENERGY STAR partner. You can determine if your firm is already a partner.

  1. Email your application documents to EPA.
  2. EPA notifies the AOR with application status.

Is my project eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition?

No matter what type of building you’re designing, you can follow these steps to ensure an energy-efficient building. However, to achieve Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition, your property type must be eligible to receive a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score. See a complete list of eligibility criteria for the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score.

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