Yes. Due to COVID-19, some of our certification rules have been modified. Please adhere to the following guidance in determining when you may apply for certification:
- If the 12-month period in your application includes any time during which your property’s operations were affected by COVID-19, you should wait to submit your application for ENERGY STAR certification until after further benchmarking guidance has been provided.
- We recognize that many buildings are experiencing extended periods of reduced occupancy or even closure, while others may be experiencing increased operations. Our team is currently working to assess the impacts of these new usage patterns on ENERGY STAR scores and certification eligibility and we will provide details and guidance for proper benchmarking as soon as we can.
- We are suspending the rule that requires you to submit verified applications within 120 days after the Period Ending Date (PED) for any applications with a PED of October 31, 2019, or later. Therefore, you can wait to receive guidance on how to benchmark your property during the time of impacted operations to ensure that your score is accurate and that you meet all of the requirements for certification. You will be given ample time to submit your application after this guidance is provided.
- If the 12-month period in your application does NOT include any time during which your property’s operations were affected by COVID-19, but you were not able to complete a site visit during normal operations, you should wait to submit your application for ENERGY STAR certification until you can conduct the visit during normal operations.
- To allow maximum flexibility, the requirement to submit an application for ENERGY STAR certification within 120 days of the application’s Period Ending Date (PED) has been suspended indefinitely for applications with a PED of October 31, 2019 or later). This will allow all qualifying buildings to complete the site visit when it is safe to do so.
- If the 12-month period in your application does NOT include any time during which your property’s operations were affected by COVID-19, and you were able to conduct your Site Visit during normal operations or you can “re-use” the Site Visit from a 2019 certification, you may apply for ENERGY STAR certification now. Details about re-use of Site Visits are in this FAQ.
- If you have a time-sensitive need to apply for ENERGY STAR certification, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to assess your specific situation. We expect these cases to be very rare, with some examples being:
- Fannie Mae Green Rewards Applications
- Freddie Mac Green Advantage Loan Applications
- U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Leasing Bids
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Reduction Program Applications
- Certain Local Government “Beyond Benchmarking” Law Compliance
- IREM Certified Sustainable Property Applications
If you believe you have such a time-sensitive need, please contact us to explain your time-sensitive need.