Notification: Revision 08 of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program requirements is now available and can be used immediately by partners. The ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement Terms and Commitments have also been updated and apply to all Builder and Rater partners.

ENERGY STAR Version 3 Program Requirements for The Tropics

Should I use the Version 3 Program Requirements?

  • Homes in Guam permitted after April 1, 2014 must be certified under the Version 3 Program Requirements for the Tropics.
  • Homes in Hawaii permitted on or after July 1, 2012 must be certified under the Version 3 Program Requirements for the Tropics.
  • Homes in Puerto Rico permitted after April 1, 2013 must be certified under the Version 3 Program Requirements for the Tropics
  • Homes in The Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands permitted on or after 07/01/2016 must be certified under the Version 3 Program Requirements for the Tropics.

For more information about the transition from Version 2.5 to Version 3 see the Transition Timeline for the Tropics.

How to Certify a Home

Select the core energy efficiency measures

Complete mandatory measures

Certification of a home in the tropics 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.

Puerto Rico Version 3 Development Archives