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A New Day for Building ENERGY STAR

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

With the advent of HVAC grading, ENERGY STAR offers unprecedented value for builders and owners alike. Listen to this session, presented on September 30, 2021, to get a fresh perspective on the seven essential features that certification adds above and beyond a good energy rating and learn about new resources for convincing builders to join or rejoin the program. 

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Appraisers, Home Builder Associations, Home Buyers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Lenders, Local Governments, Raters, Real Estate Agents, Renters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Webinar
Program Area: Consumer Marketing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Multifamily High Rise, Partner Recruitment, Partner Retention, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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ENERGY STAR Homes National Program Requirements, Version 3 (Rev. 08)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must be certified under Version 3 of the program requirements, unless it is located within a U.S. state or territory utilizing a regional specification. Working with a Home Energy Rater, builders configure the preferred set of energy measures for their home and verify that the resulting Energy Rating Index meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR Energy Rating Index Target. The National Program Requirements contain more information about how the target is defined and the typical measures used to meet this target.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Requirements and Resources for HVAC Contractors

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

For a home to be ENERGY STAR certified, several key commissioning tasks must be completed by a credentialed HVAC contractor. These requirements are contained in the HVAC Commissioning Checklist, and include checking the refrigerant charge, measuring the HVAC fan airflow, and a recommendation to test and balance the room-by-room airflows. Visit our HVAC Resources web page to watch short "how to" videos to help you complete these tasks. Visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program Requirements page to download the HVAC Commissioning Checklist and visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Policy Changes and Clarifications page to learn more about recent program changes.

Audience: Builders, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 (Rev. 08) Program Requirements -Tropics (Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

For homes located in some U.S. states and territories, ENERGY STAR has developed region-specific Version 3 program requirements. This document defines the core efficiency specifications under Version 3 of the program for ENERGY STAR certified homes located in Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 (Rev.08) Energy Rating Index Target Procedure for the Tropics

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

This document defines how to configure the ENERGY STAR Reference Design Home and calculate the associated Energy Rating Index value for homes located in Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Partner Program Requirements, Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 Rater Design Review Checklist and Field Checklist for the Tropics

Last Updated: 06-11-2020

This document defines how to configure the ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 Reference Design Home and calculate the associated Energy Rating Index value for homes located in the tropics (Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands).

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3/3.1 (Rev. 08) HVAC Design Report

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

This fillable PDF is the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Version 3/3.1 (Rev. 08) HVAC Design Report.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Community Developers, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Technical Requirements/Policy Record, Training/Education
Program Area: Affordable Housing, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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Track A - HVAC Grading Now Available for Use! Technical Bulletin, October 5, 2021

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

Track A - HVAC Grading is a collection of requirements built upon ANSI / RESNET / ACCA / ICC Standard 310 that can be used to satisfy many of the HVAC design and commissioning components of the ENERGY STAR Single-Family New Homes program. This technical bulletin highlights its key benefits, outlines how to use it, and compares it to the original set of requirements, now named Track B - HVAC Credential.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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Track A - HVAC Grading by Rater Now Available for Use with ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program! Technical Bulletin, October 5, 2021

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

Track A - HVAC Grading by Rater is a collection of requirements built upon ANSI / RESNET / ACCA / ICC Standard 310 that can be used to satisfy many of the HVAC design and functional testing components of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program. This technical bulletin highlights its key benefits, outlines how to use it, and compares it to the original set of requirements, now named Track B - HVAC Testing by Functional Testing Agent.

Audience: Architects & Designers, Builders, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters, Utilities/Program Sponsors
Resource Type: Technical Bulletin
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Multifamily High Rise, Program/Partner Updates, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily