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To qualify for Energy Star, new or substantially rehabilitated multifamily high-rise buildings must meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and be designed to be at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than buildings that meet the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) energy standard. Qualified buildings feature a combination of energy efficient improvements including:
• Properly sized heating and cooling equipment;
• Effective insulation systems;
• Tight construction and ducts;
• Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances; and
• High-performance windows.
An independently licensed professional engineer or architect is required to verify that the program’s requirements are met through on-site testing and inspections conducted throughout the construction process. In the past, only single family homes and units in low-rise multifamily buildings were eligible to earn the Energy Star.
For more information on the Energy Star qualified multifamily high-rise buildings program, visit www.energystar.gov/mfhr.
Publication date: 09/12/2011