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Florida ENERGY STAR Version 2.5 Program Requirements

Should I use the Version 2.5 Program Requirements?

  • Homes permitted between April 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 must be certified under Version 2.5 of the Program Requirements for Florida.

For more information about the transition from Version 2 to Version 3.1, including the transitional Version 2.5 and Version 3 Program Requirements, see the Transition Timeline for Florida.

How to Certify a Home

Select the core energy efficiency measures

There are two paths to certify a home to earn the ENERGY STAR. The Prescriptive Path is based on a predefined package of improvements, while the Performance Path is based on a customized package of upgrades.

Complete inspection checklists

  • Version 3 Inspection Checklists PDF (824KB) (Revision 07) – Both the Performance and Prescriptive Paths require completion of four inspection checklists, but only Sections 3 and 5 of the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist are required to be enforced under Version 2.5. Noncompliance with Items in other sections of the checklists shall not prevent homes from earning the label. These checklists include building science practices that promote improved comfort, indoor air quality, and durability in certified homes. Note that the Inspection Checklists that must be completed for homes in Florida under Version 2.5 are identical to those that must be completed for homes certified under Version 2.5 of the national program.

Technical guides for the ENERGY STAR Inspection Checklists are available at the Building America Solutions Center, created by the U.S. Department of Energy. These free guides replace EPA's Inspection Checklist Field Guidebooks and provide a wealth of building science and energy–efficiency information. They are intended to be aligned with, and used as a supplemental resource to, the Version 3 Program Requirements but do not represent the official policy of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Where questions arise, please contact energystarhomes@energystar.gov.

Policy Changes and Clarifications

EPA periodically makes policy changes and clarifications, typically in response to a unique situation within a particular climate zone, and shares frequently–asked questions. See Recent Policy Changes and Clarifications.

Training Requirements and Resources

Version 3 includes new and more rigorous requirements for builders, Raters, and HVAC contractors. EPA requires that they each complete training on Version 3 to promote successful adoption and has created a number of resources to assist them in understanding the Program Requirements. Learn More