Project requirements for commercial new construction projects
Property designs that meet the following requirements are eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition.
- The Architect of Record (AOR) is responsible for submitting the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR application to EPA.
- AOR completes information and secures signatures on the Statement of Energy Design Intent from the:
- Verifying Professional: Registered Architect or Professional Engineer verifies all information on the SEDI and stamps, signs and dates the form.
- Architect of Record: Project Architect or Principal of the AOR firm.
- Building Owner/Developer: C-Level executive
- The property owner/developer is responsible for creating and maintaining the project record in their Portfolio Manager account and sharing the record with the AOR to apply for Recognition.
- Conversely, if the AOR creates the design project in their Portfolio Manager account, the record should be transferred to the owner’s account once EPA approves the project for Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR Recognition.
- The project is located in the United States or U.S. Territory, or is owned by the U.S. Government.
- The design project is for an entire property and not a portion thereof (e.g., individual tenant space).
- The design project meets the eligibility criteria to receive the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score, and inputs for property use details meet the minimum requirements for the specific property type. See Eligibility criteria for the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score.
- The estimated energy use includes all fuel types and all energy associated with operating the building.
- The project is saved in Portfolio Manager does not include any default values for the property use details.
- The project earns an ENERGY STAR design score of 75 or higher.
Timeframe to Apply
- The AOR submits the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR application to EPA within 60 days of the date generated on the SEDI.
- The Construction Documents are at least 95% completed for the design project, except for “core and shell’ projects.
- Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR applications may be submitted during the construction phase of the project.
- Newly constructed buildings that are occupied and generating utility bills are not eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
Core and Shell Projects
- Core and shell projects for a commercial real estate developed property are eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. The estimated energy use calculations for the anticipated building function are entered into Portfolio Manager.
Renovations, Additions, and Upgrades
- Major renovations, defined as encompassing 50% or more of the gross square feet of the existing property are eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. The project scope should include significant design and construction activities such as HVAC, envelope, and interior modifications, etc.
- Major additions, defined as increasing the gross square feet of an existing property by 50% or more are eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
- Hospital additions are not eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
- Major equipment or system retrofits or upgrades for an existing property are not eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. If the project scope focuses more on operational and maintenance activities, these properties may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification for existing buildings.