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Any single family home or unit in a multifamily building can earn the ENERGY STAR label. This includes traditional site-constructed homes as well as log homes, modular homes, systems-built homes (e.g., insulated concrete forms, structurally insulated panels), and HUD-code manufactured homes. EPA has developed two complementary ENERGY STAR programs to provide certification to newly constructed residential homes and buildings:

  1. Single family homes and units in low rise multifamily buildings (buildings with 3 stories or less and some 4 and 5 story buildings) can earn the ENERGY STAR through the Certified Homes program. Visit the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program webpage for information about program requirements.
  2. Units in mid and high rise buildings (all buildings over 3 stories) can earn the ENERGY STAR through the Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) program. Visit the ENERGY STAR MFHR program webpage for information about program requirements.


Please review the Decision Tree to determine which program is appropriate for your project. [NOTE: EPA is currently developing a new multifamily specification for release in 2019. View more information at www.energystar.gov/mfspec.]

Existing multifamily buildings may earn the ENERGY STAR recognition by benchmarking energy use data in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager over a 12-month period. Visit the ENERGY STAR for Existing Multifamily Housing webpage for more information.

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