Energy Star residential new construction program requirements

California at a glance


These requirements apply to site-built and modular single family homes, duplexes and townhomes. Low-rise multifamily projects permitted prior to July 1, 2021, may also be certified through this program if they meet the eligibility requirements defined in the program requirements, below.

For other multifamily new construction, manufactured homes, and single family homes undergoing gut rehab, click on the appropriate tab above.

Program Requirements

Program documents reflect Revision 11. Find details in the Policy Record.

California Program Requirements Version 3.2 (PDF, 97 KB)

National Rater Design Review Checklist (PDF, 156 KB)

National Rater Field Checklist (PDF, 417 KB)

National HVAC Design Report (PDF, 164 KB)

National HVAC Commissioning Checklist (PDF, 75 KB)

National Water Management System Builder Requirements (PDF, 93 KB)


Homes in CA must be certified using the CA Program Requirements Version 3.2 (PDF, 97 KB) if permitted on or after 07/01/2018.