A currently licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) (we call them "licensed professionals") must verify that all information on the ENERGY STAR application is true and accurate by signing and stamping the application.
EPA believes their licensing requirements help protect the integrity and value of ENERGY STAR certification. Licensed professionals must provide unbiased services and are legally bound to uphold standards of ethics. The licensed professional does not need to be licensed in the same state that the building is located. However, State and territorial licensure laws and regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Before offering or performing services, it is recommended that licensed professionals understand the professional practice and ethics requirements contained in the relevant state and territorial laws and regulations. More on eligibility requirements.
See our Licensed Professional’s Guide.
In 2014, EPA sought public comment on the verification process (including the question of whether CEMs could verify an ENERGY STAR application), and decided to maintain the requirement that only a PE or RA could verify. Overview of the comments and conclusions.