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
Water Management System Builder Requirements_Rev8 Applies to all homes permitted on or after July 1, 2015. 09/02/2015 Download
Northwest Pilot Builder Flyer

This flyer explains explains the benefits and participation requirements for a pilot home builder.

09/02/2015 Download
Phase III Requirements A summary of phase III minimum and "reach" specification requirements. 08/27/2015 Download
Pre-Construction Support Resources This document shows the compiled resources from the July 22 Pre-Construction Support webinar. 07/29/2015 Download
REM/Rate v15 Release Delayed 7/27/15 07/28/2015 Download
Northwest REM/Rate Modeling Guidelines

For single-family homes to qualify for certification, Raters must follow the Modeling Guidelines for Northwest REM/Rate™. 

07/21/2015 Download
Phase III Range Exhaust Calculator Used to compute the necessary amount of make-up air needed when a range exhaust is installed in the home and is vented to the outside. 07/20/2015 Download
Thermal Enclosure Best Practices Poster Details and best practices for ensuring a well-sealed and insulated thermal barrier. 07/02/2015 Download
Thermal Enclosure: Efficient Walls and Airtightness Poster Highlights, details and best practices for energy-efficient wall assemblies, advanced wall framing and proper air-sealing techniques. 07/02/2015 Download
HRV System Best Practices Educational tool to help builders and HVAC contractors understand key considerations for system selection, duct design and installation, and testing and commissioning. 07/02/2015 Download


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