Partner Program Requirements

ENERGY STAR NextGen National Rater Field Checklist V1.0 (for reference only)

EPA is making the ENERGY STAR National Rater Field Checklist V1.0 technical specifications available now for reference only. Homes and apartments may not be certified with the NextGen label until the NextGen program is officially launched in 2023. For the most current program updates and requirements, visit our Program Requirements webpage. For questions or more information, contact us at

Raising the Bar: Advancing the Versions of ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction

Over the last 10 years, national model energy codes have advanced significantly. Though not adopted in all states, these codes have shown that higher levels of performance are achievable and cost-effective. Even in states where code adoption has lagged, builders’ construction practices have continued to advance.

ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction: This Is the Way

The ENERGY STAR programs for new construction multifamily buildings are quickly approaching an important transition date: July 1, 2021. Many of you are a part of a project team that is pursuing ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction certification for the first time. Whether you are still in design phase or already into the construction phase, these webinars provide an opportunity to ask program specific questions and learn more about the program overall.

ENERGY STAR Home Builder Orientation Video

This YouTube video highlights key requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Targeted for new and current home builder partners, builders will learn about the value and market advantage of the program in addition to the many resources available to them and the expectations and responsibilities of a trusted ENERGY STAR home builder partner.

ENERGY STAR Homes National Program Requirements, Version 3 (Rev. 08)

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must be certified under Version 3 of the program requirements, unless it is located within a U.S. state or territory utilizing a regional specification. Working with a Home Energy Rater, builders configure the preferred set of energy measures for their home and verify that the resulting Energy Rating Index meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR Energy Rating Index Target. The National Program Requirements contain more information about how the target is defined and the typical measures used to meet this target.

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