Energy Star tends to be the entry-level certifcation for green buildings, and now, a new class of structures are eligible to bear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s green seal of approval: new multifamily high-rise residential buildings.
To qualify, new developments must be at least 15 percent more efficient than the minimum levels set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ energy use standard. Buildings in this category that succeed in earning Energy Star qualification will feature a combination of effective insulation systems, properly sized heating and cooling systems, tight construction and ducts, Energy Star qualified appliances and high-performance windows.
An independently licensed engineer or architect must assess the building’s performance along these lines through on-site testing and inspections conducted throughout the construction process in order for a building to qualify.
New multifamily high-rise buildings now join single-family homes and multifamily low-rise developments in being eligible for Energy Star qualification.