Overview of comments and conclusions on the verification process for ENERGY STAR certified buildings
Over 220 individuals, representing a wide range of organizations, responded to EPA’s July 2014 request for input. After a careful review of the comments, EPA has decided to maintain the existing policy that only individuals with government-issued licenses, specifically professional engineers and registered architects, can verify applications for ENERGY STAR certification. As EPA stated in the request for input, ensuring the integrity of ENERGY STAR certification is critical to maintaining its value and the confidence of those who rely on it. On balance, the comments convinced us that allowing non-licensed professionals to verify applications could undermine that integrity. The comments also offered a number of suggestions for streamlining and simplifying the overall application process, which EPA is evaluating as we undertake a review of the entire certification process. Please see the full report for details.