There are opportunities for a number of different types of organizations to support the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program and the construction of energy-efficient new homes and apartments. Learn more about how different types of organizations can participate with ENERGY STAR, including their eligibility to partner with the program.
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Architects & Designers
Residential architects and designers can help their builder clients design home plans that meet the rigorous energy efficiency requirements of the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program. By designing energy efficiency into the front-end of a project, a team can ensure that critical building science details and efficiency features are included that offer direct resident benefits, including energy-savings, comfort, and durability.
Architects and designers can better promote their multifamily projects by using the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR mark.
ASHRAE Path Energy Modelers
The ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program offers a certification path which requires whole-building energy models that demonstrate energy cost savings above ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Energy modelers tasked with developing these building models are required to complete an online orientation, which will provide an overview of the Multifamily New Construction program and its requirements.
After completing the online orientation, email email@example.com to share contact information with EPA and include “ASHRAE Modeling Orientation” in the subject line. Recognized Energy Modelers are added to the ASHRAE Path Energy Modeler Directory.
Functional Testing Agents (FTAs)
Professionals who hold EPA-recognized credentials can complete parts of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction HVAC Functional Testing Checklist (PDF, 354 KB).
Functional Testing Agents must be a contractor credentialed by an HVAC Quality Installation Training and Oversight organization (H-QUITO) or must be one of the following:
- Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer
- Representative of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
- AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
- Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)
- Certified Commissioning Technician (CxT)
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
- Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP, formerly the Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP))
- Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
- Certified Building Commissioning Processional (CBCP)
- Existing Building Commissioning Professional
- Building Commissioning Certification Board
- Certified Commissioning Professional
- National Comfort Institute (NCI)
For Sections 1-6:
- Refrigerant Side Performance; AND
- Any Air-Side Certification:
- Certified Duct System Optimization Specialist
- Certified Residential System Performance Specialist
- Certified Residential Air Balancer
- Certified Commercial System Performance Specialist
- Certified Commercial Air Balancer
- For Sections 1-9:
- Refrigerant Side Performance; AND
- National Balancing Council Large Commercial Balancing Certification
- National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB)
- Building System Commissioning Certified Professional (BSC BP)
- Building System Commissioning Certified Technician (BSC CxCT)
- Commissioning Process Professional (CxPP)
- University of Wisconsin (UW)
- Qualified Commissioning Process Provider (QCxP)
- Commissioning Process Authority Professional (CxAP)
- Commissioning Process Manager (CxM)
- Commissioning Process Technical Service Provider (CxTS)
- Green Commissioning Process Provider (GCxP)
Professionals seeking to provide Functional Testing services in support of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program must complete an online orientation, which will provide an overview of the program and its requirements. Note: online orientation is not required for credentialed HVAC contractors.
After completing the online orientation, email firstname.lastname@example.org to share contact information and a copy of your credential certificate or documentation with EPA. Include "Functional Testing Orientation" in the subject line. Recognized Functional Testing Agents are added to the Functional Testing Agent Directory.
Appraisers play a critical role in ensuring that the energy efficiency features of certified homes are properly reflected in the valuation process. Appraisers can browse the ENERGY STAR website or review resources like the ENERGY STAR fact sheets to learn more about the features and benefits of certified homes.
The Appraisal Institute, a global membership association of professional appraisers, also provides support for the appraisal of energy efficient new homes. Their website hosts information on valuing green buildings, including information on their certificate program called the Valuation of Sustainable Buildings Professional Development Program as well as a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum (PDF, 303KB) that can be completed by builders, Raters, or appraisers to identify and describe a home’s green and energy efficiency features.
Home Builders Associations
Home Builders Associations (HBAs) play a critical role in ensuring that their members are aware of the benefits for builders to participate in the ENERGY STAR program. HBAs can leverage the resources on the ENERGY STAR website to hold training events to educate home builders about energy efficiency and the Residential New Construction program. HBAs can also recognize local ENERGY STAR builders, including promoting builders that have won national ENERGY STAR awards. In areas without an established home energy rating market, an HBA can play a key role in recruiting verification professionals and other key program participants, like HVAC contractors.
The ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program provide a holistic approach to design and construction that is well-aligned with the priorities of housing agencies seeking to promote high quality, sustainable, affordable housing opportunities.
HVAC performance is critical to delivering efficiency, comfort, and durability. That's why HVAC systems in ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are designed and installed according to industry best-practice standards by expert contractors.
HVAC designers are crucial to the process of delivering a right-sized HVAC system that both saves energy and delivers comfort.
Lenders can partner with a U.S. Department of Energy program and expand their business by issuing Energy-Efficient Mortgages (EEMs). Lenders can also expand their businesses by forming strategic relationships with real estate professionals and appraisers and using the Partner Locator to identify ENERGY STAR builder, developer, rating company, and utility partners in the markets where they operate.
Manufactured Homes Quality Assurance Providers (QAPs) are EPA-recognized organizations that are responsible for the oversight and enforcement of all quality assurance requirements related to design, production, and installation. To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a manufactured home must meet all applicable program requirements and be produced in a plant that is certified by an EPA-recognized Quality Assurance Provider (QAP).
Manufactured Homes Retailers
Manufactured home retailers can promote the value of energy efficiency and educate consumers about the features and benefits of the ENERGY STAR label when selling ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes produced by plants that partner with the program. Check with your manufacturing plant supplier(s) to see if they partner with ENERGY STAR and offer sales/marketing materials that can help you promote their ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes to potential buyers. Note that manufactured housing plants are responsible for the proper use of the ENERGY STAR brand by the retailers that sell their homes.
Real Estate Professionals
Consumers increasingly demand energy-efficiency, and rank energy costs as one of the most important considerations when purchasing a new home. Real estate agents can help their clients understand the value of energy efficient new homes by educating them about the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments and forming relationships with ENERGY STAR builder and rater partners.
While many industry professionals claim to understand energy efficiency, there is little consistency in their definitions. The ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program provides an industry-vetted set of technical specifications, terminology, and metrics that industry professionals can rely on. Real estate professionals can help promote ENERGY STAR by contacting their local REALTOR® Association and advocating for the addition of ENERGY STAR into their local Multiple Listing Services (MLS).