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.
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.
Partners may use the ENERGY STAR marks to promote their support of the ENERGY STAR program, ENERGY STAR certified homes, and their partnership with ENERGY STAR. And of course, to signify homes that have been ENERGY STAR certified. All marks must be used in compliance with the ENERGY STAR Brand Book and are only available for download via partners' My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA).
The ENERGY STAR programs for new construction multifamily buildings are quickly approaching an important transition date: July 1, 2021. Many of you are a part of a project team that is pursuing ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction certification for the first time. Whether you are still in design phase or already into the construction phase, these webinars provide an opportunity to ask program specific questions and learn more about the program overall. These sessions, presented on February 22, 2021; May 19, 2021; and June 22, 2021, started with a brief overview of the MFNC program, provided a guided tour of the MFNC website so you can find information & resources quickly, and then provided an extended opportunity for project teams to ask questions and have them answered by our team.
Over the last 10 years, national model energy codes have advanced significantly. Though not adopted in all states, these codes have shown that higher levels of performance are achievable and cost-effective. Even in states where code adoption has lagged, builders’ construction practices have continued to advance. Listen to this session, presented on September 27, 2021, to learn how we intend to raise the bar by incrementing the Single-Family New Homes v3.x and Multifamily New Construction v1.x series of program requirements, moving the industry forward in states with both lagging and leading codes.
Are you new to ENERGY STAR? Looking to exceed energy code (or go all the way to zero) in the multifamily building(s) you design, build, or fund, but don’t know where to begin? Start with ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction.