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Can I get certification for a property that isn't 100% occupied? Follow

Yes. You can apply for ENERGY STAR certification as long as the property maintains an average occupancy at the required level for the 12-month period of assessment.

These property types have minimum Occupancy requirements:

  • Office/Bank/Courthouse/Financial Center – 50%
  • Hotel - 55%
  • Multifamily – 75%
  • K-12 School - open 8 months/year

All other property types do not have specific Occupancy rate requirements. However, some Use Details have minimum annual values to allow a score to be generated. For example, Office properties must have Weekly Operating Hours of 30 hours or higher to receive an ENERGY STAR score.

Further guidance on how to enter Use Details for vacant space, here.

Property use detail score eligibility requirements

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