Join ENERGY STAR as a Residential New Construction Partner

Becoming an ENERGY STAR partner is easy. Simply fill out an ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement by following the appropriate link below. There is no cost to partner with ENERGY STAR or use ENERGY STAR promotional materials.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOMEBUILDERS, MULTIFAMILY BUILDERS AND DEVELOPERS, AND FACTORY BUILDERS/PLANTS

This Partnership Agreement is applicable to companies or individuals that are the primary responsible party for the construction of one or more ENERGY STAR certified homes or multifamily apartment/condo units, either for sale or personal use. When completing the Agreement, you will be asked to identify your organization as one or more of the following:

  • Single-family Homebuilder – An organization or individual that builds single-family homes that are primarily constructed on-site. This includes builders of modular homes.
  • Multifamily Builder/Developer* – An organization that constructs multifamily buildings of any height or number of units.
  • Factory Builder/Retailer/Plant – An organization that produces and/or installs manufactured homes (Note: Modular home builders should select the Single Family Builder option) 

NOTE: For partnership as a Multifamily High Rise Architect of Record (AOR), see the ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider Partnership Agreement for Multifamily High Rise (PDF, 125KB)

To complete your Partnership Agreement, you will need to:

  1. Review the ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement Terms and Commitments.
  2. Determine a Signatory for your ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement – This should be a representative of your organization who is authorized to bind the organization to the terms and commitments of the Agreement.
  3. Identify your Residential Verification Organization – This organization will ensure that your homes/apartments are properly certified to meet all ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Program requirements and reported to EPA.
    • Single-Family and Multifamily Builders and Developers will select an Energy Rating Company (e.g., a Home Energy Rater or Provider)*.
    • Factory Builders/Plants will select an EPA-recognized Quality Assurance Provider (QAP).

Builders and developers may also choose to participate in:

100% Commitment Option

EPA offers special recognition to homebuilders, developers, and factory builders/plants that commit to building 100% of their homes/apartments to be ENERGY STAR certified. Eligible organizations can make the 100% commitment through their My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). This commitment is denoted with a special 100% icon  and a priority listing on the ENERGY STAR Partner Locator.  If you experience any problems enrolling or have any questions, please contact us at energystarhomes@energystar.gov.

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program

This program recognizes newly built homes that include a comprehensive set of indoor air quality measures. The Indoor airPLUS Program is a great way for ENERGY STAR partners to further differentiate themselves. Indoor airPLUS is well aligned with the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Program, and verification typically can be performed by the same organization in conjunction with the standard ENERGY STAR inspections and testing (please note that the Indoor airPLUS Program is not currently available for factory-built housing). To learn more about construction specifications and becoming an Indoor airPLUS partner, visit the Indoor airPLUS website.

The option to partner with the Indoor airPLUS Program will be available as part of the ENERGY STAR partnership application process. In completing the agreement, you will be asked to review the Indoor airPLUS Partnership Agreement Terms and Commitments. If your organization is already an ENERGY STAR partner and would like to sign an Indoor airPLUS Partnership Agreement, please log in to your My ENERGY STAR Account.

* For Multifamily Builders and Developers, the historical ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) program remains in effect and will continue to be a certification option for eligible buildings/apartments until January 1, 2021. If you are only participating in the MFHR program, select "N/A - MFHR (only) Developer" as your Energy Rating Company when completing the online Partnership Agreement.

Begin Application

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY RATING COMPANIES (e.g., HOME ENERGY RATERS, HERS RATERS, PROVIDERS)

This Partnership Agreement is applicable to trained and certified professionals who plan to provide the energy analysis and on-site inspections/testing for site-built ENERGY STAR certified homes or multifamily apartment/condo units, under the oversight of an EPA-recognized Verification Oversight Organization (VOO) or Multifamily Review Organization (MRO).

To complete your Partnership Agreement, you will need to:

  1. Review the ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement Terms and Commitments.
  2. Determine a Signatory for your ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement – This should be a representative of your organization who is authorized to bind the organization to the terms and commitments of the Agreement.
  3. Upload Training Certificates – Each Energy Rating Company partner must have at least one certified home energy rater on-staff that has also completed mandatory ENERGY STAR-specific training. A valid training certificate must be uploaded as part of the Partnership Agreement process. For more information: ENERGY STAR Residential Program Training Requirements.
  4. Identify your Verification Oversight Organization or Multifamily Review Organization – You will be required to select the Verification Oversight Organization, rating provider, and/or Multifamily Review Organization that you will be initially working with, depending on how you are participating. Note that ENERGY STAR will verify your selection with the organization that you identify prior to approving your Partnership Agreement.

Energy Rating Company partners may also take advantage of:

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program

This is a complementary labeling program to the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program that recognizes newly built homes that include a comprehensive set of indoor air quality measures. Energy Rating Companies are also eligible to verify homes for this program. Visit the Indoor airPLUS website for more information about program requirements.

The option to partner with the Indoor airPLUS program will be available as part of the ENERGY STAR partnership application process.  If your organization is already an ENERGY STAR partner and would like to sign an Indoor airPLUS Partnership Agreement, please log in to your My ENERGY STAR Account.

Begin application

UTILITIES AND OTHER PROGRAM SPONSORS

Utilities and Other Program Sponsors are utilities; national, regional, state, or local government entities; or other organizations  that promote or intend to promote ENERGY STAR certified homes.

Begin application