To apply for ENERGY STAR status, EPA requires that you retain the services of a Licensed Professional (LP) to approve and verify your application for certification. This LP may be either a Registered Architect or a Professional Engineer.
If you have a building that qualifies (i.e. scores 75 or higher) but you’re not sure how to find an LP to verify your application, check out ENERGY STAR's LP Finder https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/lp_finder.
The LP Finder tool includes detailed information on nearly 4,200 LPs who have completed at least one verification of an ENERGY STAR application. You can search by location, property type, name, or a number of other criteria.
Once you are working with an LP, share this ENERGY STAR Guide for Licensed Professionals with them. The Licensed Professional’s Guide provides everything they'll need to know about verifying applications for ENERGY STAR certification. It outlines the step-by-step application process, and is required reading for anyone verifying applications for ENERGY STAR certification.
The ENERGY STAR Score for Multifamily Housing applies to buildings that contain 20 or more residential living units. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. To identify the aspects of building activity that are significant drivers of energy use and then normalize for those factors, a statistical analysis of the peer building population is performed. The result of this analysis is an equation that will predict the energy use of a property, based on its experienced business activities. The energy use prediction for a building is compared to its actual energy use to yield a 1 to 100 percentile ranking of performance, relative to the national population.
- Property Types. The ENERGY STAR score for multifamily housing applies to residential buildings that contain 20 or more residential living units. The score applies to individual buildings as well as properties with multiple buildings.
- Reference Data. The analysis for multifamily housing is based on survey data from an industry survey conducted by the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”).
Adjustments for Weather and Business Activity. The analysis includes adjustments for:
- Number of Units
- Number of Bedrooms Per Unit
- Weather and Climate (using Heating and Cooling Degree Days, retrieved based on Zip code)
- Percentage of units located in Low-Rise buildings