The Energy Star building certification is free to file. However, there are certain licensed professionals that must verify the building before the application can be submitted.
Before beginning your paperwork, there are a few things you will want to verify.
Must score a minimum of 75 points out of 100 in regard to energy efficiency. To check your buildings current score, you can use your Energy Star Portfolio Manager application. You score determines how your building is performing nationally in comparison with similar buildings. For example, if your score is 50 (out of 100), your building is running at average efficiency. The buildings scoring 75 or higher demonstrate that they are operating at a higher performance rate.
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Must be located in either the United States, a United States territory, or be owned by the United States government.
Must meet the defined purpose of one building type listed below:
Steps to Earning your Certification
When the application process begins, you will be asked to describe the purpose of your building. Activities that occur in the building, building occupants, size, and other details to help understand the property and its use.
Additionally, you will need to answer specific questions regarding the type of building you are trying to certify. There are four common specifications you will want to know:
If your building has been gutted and a rebuilding of the interior has occurred, then the date of remodeling can be supplied in place of year built.
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Along with these details, you may have to provide additional specifications specific to your building type.
Once your eligibility has been verified and the licensed professional signs off on your building, you will have a few more steps to complete on your Portfolio Manager:
From here you may receive additional questions from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while they review your application for certification.
Congratulations! You have successfully applied your building for an Energy Star Certificate!
Make sure you re-apply each year to continue receiving your Energy Star Building Certification!