Verifiers/Raters Resources

ENERGY STAR projects permitted on or after January 1, 2016

To earn the ENERGY STAR® label, new single-family and multifamily homes must be built to ENERGY STAR guidelines found on the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Northwest landing page.  

Check with local utilities for incentive opportunities for single-family or multifamily homes. For a single-family ENERGY STAR home to qualify for incentives, the Rater must: certify the home according to national guidelines; generate a Northwest Compliance Report as described in the archived Northwest Program Requirements for Single-Family Homes consistent with the Northwest REM/Rate Modeling Guidelines; and enter the home in the Axis database. For multifamily homes to quality for incentives, the Rater must: certify the homes according to one of the Northwest Multifamily Builder Option Packages (BOPS), NW MF BOP 1 or NW MF BOP 2; and enter the units in the Axis database.

All ENERGY STAR single-family and multifamily homes qualifying for utility incentives via the single-family Northwest Compliance Report or the multifamily BOPs, and entered into Axis, must be completed and certified by September 30, 2016.

The Axis database may be used to enter, report and manage national non-incentivized ENERGY STAR certified homes. Please check with your Northwest RESNET Provider for more information.

ENERGY STAR projects permitted prior to January 1, 2016

Follow the archived Northwest Program Requirements for Single-Family Homes and Northwest REM/Rate Modeling Guidelines or the Northwest Multifamily BOPs, NW MF BOP 1 or NW MF BOP 2. All projects permitted prior to January 1, 2016 and using Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes specifications must be entered and certified in the Axis database by September 30, 2016.

If you have questions, please consult the FAQ and Northwest Directory. The Northwest Directory contains contact information for the national ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, RESNET, H-QUITOs and other voluntary green building certification programs in the Northwest. 

Many of the resources listed below are specific to the Northwest and may not be applicable to the national ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. 

 

Title Description Updated File
Northwest Approved HVAC Contractors HVAC contractors enrolled with ACCA or Advanced Energy and approved for work on ENERGY STAR homes. 09/30/2016 Download
BetterBuiltNW Webinar Slide Deck 9.20.16 09/21/2016 Download
National Program Resources for the Northwest 06/20/2016 Click Here
ACCA H-QUITO Program 06/20/2016 Click Here
Advanced Energy H-QUITO Program 06/20/2016 Click Here
Ventilation Documentation Template

This zip file contains instructions on how to document your whole-house ventilation strategy.

06/20/2016 Download
HVAC Design Report_Rev8 Applies to all homes permitted on or after July 1, 2015. 06/20/2016 Download
Rater Discretion Document

Verifiers/Raters should reference this document when making judgement calls with builders and trades on particular program requirements and best practices.

06/20/2016 Download
Northwest ENERGY STAR® Single-Family Homes Requirements

This document serves as the primary guide to certifying single-family homes.

06/20/2016 Download
Rater Newsletter - Q1, 2016 03/23/2016 View

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