Determine if your building’s units are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR through the Multifamily High Rise Program.
EPA has developed two programs to provide ENERGY STAR certification for units in multifamily residential1 buildings. New construction 2 mid and high rise multifamily building units can earn the ENERGY STAR through the Multifamily High Rise Program while units in low rise multifamily buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR through the Certified Homes Program.
As of September 16, 2014, multifamily buildings, with at least 1 year of actual, whole building energy use data are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR using EPA’s Portfolio Manager. Portfolio Manager compares a multifamily building’s measured performance against a database of similar buildings to generate a 1-100 score. Buildings that score 75 or above earn the ENERGY STAR. For more information on how multifamily buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR with Portfolio Manager please visit the eligibility criteria for the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score page.
New construction commercial facilities such as motels/hotels, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities3, and dormitories do not qualify under either the Multifamily High Rise or Certified Homes programs, however, they may be eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR through the EPA’s commercial and industrial programs. To learn more about how these and other existing commercial buildings can earn ENERGY STAR certification, please visit the Buildings and Plants page. To learn more about the new construction program for commercial buildings visit www.energystar.gov/DesignToEarn.
Follow the decision tree below or this flowchart (280KB) to determine which program your multifamily building can use to earn the ENERGY STAR. Please note that because of their unique building characteristics, buildings with 4 or 5 stories will either fall under the MFHR Program or the Certified Homes Program depending on their mechanical systems and percentage of residential space.