Yes, other organizations can submit applications to EPA to become a VOO. It was never EPA’s intent to provide exclusive rights to any one organization to provide this function. Therefore, ENERGY STAR has formalized eligibility requirements, roles, and responsibilities for the recognition of other organizations that could oversee ENERGY STAR verifiers.
An application for petitioning organizations including information on EPA’s revised recognition policy is available in the EPA Policy Notice: “EPA Recognition of National ENERGY STAR Verification Oversight Organizations.”
Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the program’s eligibility criteria and can successfully perform the required roles and responsibilities set forth in the application. EPA’s recognition of a VOO relates solely to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program and does not qualify the organization to implement or participate in other programs.
Additional information can be found at: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bldrs_lenders_raters.nh_benefits_raters, or by contacting email@example.com.