Energy Star residential new construction program requirements

Program versions at a glance

Visit the Multifamily New Construction Certification Process page to learn about multifamily certification options.
Step 1: Select a Path
  • ERI and Prescriptive
  • ASHRAE / Title 24
Step 2:

Implementation Timeline

To determine the program Version that a multifamily building is required to be certified under, identify the location and permit date of the building below. Note that the National Version 1.1 program requirements are being implemented in states that have adopted the residential 2012, 2015, or 2018 IECC, or an equivalent code. Note, as well, that regional program requirements, and associated implementation timelines, have been developed for buildings in CA, OR, and WA.

State /
Territory

Buildings Permitted
On or After This Date1
Must Meet the Adjacent
Version

Multifamily New Construction Program Version

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, GA, GU, HI, IN, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MS, MO, NE, NH, NM, NMI, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, PR, SC, SD, TN, USVI, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY

01-01-2021

National Version 1

CA

01-01-2021

California Version 1.2

CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, MT, NJ, NV, NY, RI, TX, VT

01-01-2021

National Version 1.1

OR, WA

01-01-2021

Oregon and Washington Version 1.2

1. Multifamily buildings permitted prior to 01-01-2021 are permitted to participate in any of the following programs, as long as the project meets the Eligibility Requirements defined within that program: the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise program, or this ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program.

Eligibility

The requirements on this tab apply to the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program, launched in 2019. This program is available for all attached residential new construction, except two-family dwellings. See flow chart (PDF, 85 KB) for the specific multifamily projects that are eligible. Multifamily projects permitted prior to January 1, 2021, may continue to certify through the MFHR or Certified Homes program, based on the eligibility requirements of those programs.

Program Requirements

National Program Requirements

MFNC National Program Requirements Version 1/1.1/OR-WA 1.2 (PDF, 490 KB)

Regional Program Requirements

MFNC California Program Requirements Version 1.2 (PDF, 387 KB)

Mandatory Measures

MFNC Rater Design Review Checklist (PDF, 523 KB)

MFNC Rater Field Checklist (PDF, 736 KB)

MFNC HVAC Design Report (PDF, 415 KB)

MFNC HVAC Functional Testing Checklist (PDF, 407 KB)

MFNC Water Management System Requirements (PDF, 143 KB)

Supporting Documents

Verification Files

Multifamily Workbook  (EXCEL, 452 KB)

Multifamily Workbook Example (EXCEL, 461 KB)

Photo Documentation Guidance (PDF, 80 KB)