Florida ENERGY STAR Version 3 and 3.1 Program Requirements

Should I use the Version 3 or 3.1 Program Requirements?

  • Homes permitted between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012 must be certified under Version 3 of the Program Requirements for Florida.
  • Homes permitted after July 1, 2012 must be certified under Version 3.1 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

Working with a Home Energy Rater, builders configure the preferred set of energy measures for their home and verify that the resulting HERS Index meets or exceeds a HERS Index of 77 for homes earning the ENERGY STAR under Version 3 and meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR HERS Index Target for homes earning the ENERGY STAR under Version 3.1. The Program Requirements for Florida contain more information about how the target is defined and the typical measures used to meet this target. To assess compliance, a RESNET-accredited Home Energy Rating software program must be used that has been configured with the ENERGY STAR Reference Design Home for the Version 3.1 Program Requirements for Florida.

Complete Mandatory Measures

Certification of a home also requires the completion of the following:

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

Florida Version 3 Development Archives