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
ENERGY STAR Label Equity This message addresses savings associated with the national ENERGY STAR requirements. 03/21/2016 Download

Program questions frequently asked by Raters. Updated 3-17-16.

03/18/2016 Download
Important Contacts for Program Questions A directory of national and regional green building programs/organizations. 03/12/2016 Download
Axis Database (Login) 01/22/2016 Homes Database
Axis Pilot Program Walk-through

This document walks through the process of completing a home in the Efficient Homes Pilot Axis program.

01/19/2016 Download
ASHRAE 62.2 - Table for Wallet Card

Printable wallet-card provides a cheat-sheet for calculating CFM

01/11/2016 Download
Rater Newsletter - Q4, 2015 12/23/2015 View
Commissioning for Success Webinar Slides Slides from the Commissioning for Success webinar for pilot Raters on December 3, 2015. 12/07/2015 Download
Phase III Field Checklist Field checklist for Raters commissioning phase III pilot homes. 12/01/2015 Download
Rater Newsletter - Q4, 2014 12/01/2015 View


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