Builders, home energy raters and HVAC contractors who are working with the Energy Star program need to make sure they are in compliance with the requirements listed below by the end of the month or else they risk being ineligible to participate in the EPA program.
More details can be found at the EPA’s Energy Star for Homes website.
Version 3 Training Requirements: Builder Training Requirements:
Builders must complete the online ENERGY STAR Orientation Training to be eligible to build homes qualified under Version 3. Effective January 1, 2011, new builders must take this training to become partners. Builders who joined prior to 2011 must complete the training by December 31, 2011 to remain ENERGY STAR partners.
Verification Partner Training Requirements
Verification partners, including HERS raters and Field Inspectors, must complete ENERGY STAR Version 3 Rater Training through an Accredited Training Provider . Effective January 1, 2012, new raters must take this training to become partners. Raters who join prior to 2012 must complete the training by December 31, 2011 to remain ENERGY STAR partners.
HVAC Contractor Credentialing Requirements
To be eligible to install HVAC equipment in homes qualified under Version 3, HVAC contractors must complete ENERGY STAR Version 3 Training and be credentialed through an EPA–recognized industry organization. For information on working with ENERGY STAR qualified homes as an HVAC contractor, please visit the EPA’s HVAC contractors webpage.