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).