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
HVAC Design Training

This PowerPoint presentation was shown during the HVAC Design training in Portland, OR on May 29, 2014.

06/03/2014 Download
EPS Field Guide - For Energy Trust of Oregon

The recommendations in this guide can be used to improve energy performance and meet Energy Trust program participation requirements.

04/07/2014 EPS Field Guide
Technical Details Template and User Guide 10/15/2013 Download
Thermal Enclosure Best Practices Poster

Details and best practices for ensuring a well-sealed and insulated thermal barrier.

06/13/2013 Download
Ductless HVAC Design Training Video

This Ductless HVAC Design training, delivered by Bruce Manclark, is intended for contractors who work exclusively with ductless systems for their ENERGY STAR homes.

06/05/2013 Open Video
Infiltration Credit Look-up Tables

ASHRAE 62.2 Infiltration Credit Look-up Tables - can be printed and folded down to pocket-size

03/29/2013 Download
HRV and ERV Best Practices

Presentation on HRV and ERV Best Practices

12/28/2012 Download
Heat Pump Commissioning Form 06/20/2012 Download


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