Multifamily projects that earn Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR include requirements for the energy-efficient features and construction details typically found in ENERGY STAR multifamily new construction —tight construction and duct systems, properly installed insulation, high performance windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances.
ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, while providing owners and residents with better quality, performance, and comfort.
Developers may use the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR mark on drawings and promotional materials for specified design projects that have been verified by an Energy Rating Company. Developers may not promote their project as ENERGY STAR certified until all program requirements are met, but the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR is an excellent way to get a head start on promoting your project.
Utilizing the mark in promotional materials sends a powerful message to future residents or owners that your project stands apart from conventional buildings, showcasing your commitment to energy efficiency and high-performance design. See the ENERGY STAR Brand Book for details.
Using the Designed to Earn Mark
Below are some great ways that developers can utilize Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR prior to final certification:
- On advertisements or other promotional materials, either print or electronic, which are specific to the project design. The mark should be located adjacent to the project description or design that achieved the ENERGY STAR.
- On case studies or other project materials, only if the document refers exclusively to the specified project.
- Directly on certified project plans, adjacent to the building name in the title block.
- At the project’s construction site, adjacent to the project name, architect of record and owner/developer names.
Achieving Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR for Multifamily Projects
Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR is awarded to new multifamily properties that are in the design or construction phase, have met the design requirements of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program, and have achieved an ENERGY STAR design score of 75 or higher in Portfolio Manager. Developers must submit all application materials to a Energy Rating Company for review.
*More information on the application process coming soon.*