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ENERGY STAR + HVAC Grading

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Ever since the launch of Version 3 in 2010, the HVAC design and commissioning requirements have been the biggest hurdle between a standard HERS rating and an ENERGY STAR certified home. Taking all the lessons learned, EPA, RESNET, and ACCA are finishing work on a new HVAC grading standard that will integrate many of these requirements into the HERS rating process. This webinar, presented on August 26, 2020, provides an overview of the standard, how it will be integrated into the ENERGY STAR program, and a status update on when it can be used. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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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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HERS Points for HVAC Design and Installation

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

Watch this webinar, presented on December 5, 2018, to learn about efforts from EPA and RESNET to reward proper design and installation of HVAC systems with HERS points. This will include an overview of where EPA and RESNET are in the process of developing a new standard, tests that may be required, and potential HERS impact. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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HVAC Grading + Standard 310

Last Updated: 03-22-2021

HVAC grading is here! Watch this webinar, presented on November 5, 2020, to learn how the new ACCA/RESNET standard for grading HVAC design and installation integrates with ENERGY STAR, offers new opportunities for ERI points, streamlines the certification process, and provides an opportunity to bring builders back to the program. Contact the ENERGY STAR team to receive a recorded copy of the webinar.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors, Home Energy Providers/Raters, Raters
Resource Type: Training/Education, Webinar
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Program/Partner Updates
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HVAC Grading for HVAC Contractors Fact Sheet – ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction

Last Updated: 10-08-2021

This three-page fact sheet provides HVAC contractors with a brief overview of Track A – HVAC Grading by Rater for ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction and answers to frequently asked questions. “Track A - HVAC Grading by Rater” is a new option for meeting many of the program’s HVAC design and commissioning requirements, which leverages ANSI / RESNET / ACCA / ICC Standard 310 and offers many benefits.

Audience: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors
Resource Type: Training/Education
Program Area: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Multifamily High Rise, Single Family/Low Rise Multifamily
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