We know the 3 pathways to ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction can be confusing, so as the Pro’s Pro, we are breaking it down. The BER Knowledge Base, accessible through the BER Portal, has more information on the 3 pathways. You can also check out this guide provided by ENERGY STAR.
Work with BER as your RESNET HERS Provider:
Pathway 1: ERI Path
Now open to buildings of all sizes, raters essentially work through their regular ENERGY STAR process, provider and approved HERS software — no MRO or workbook required! Just model the dwelling units to meet or exceed an Energy Rating Index (ERI) Target, fill out the design and field checklists, and follow a prescriptive package of energy efficient measures in common spaces.
OR work with the Green Building Services team at BER as your approved Multifamily Review Organization (MRO):
Pathway 2: ASHRAE Path
Model the entire building to achieve 15% savings above code, fill out the workbook and checklists and submit to BER for approval.
OR Pathway 3: Prescriptive Path
Follow a prescriptive package of energy efficient measures in both dwelling units AND common spaces (Not available in California), fill out the workbook and checklists and submit to BER for approval.
Learn more about BER’s GreenBuild Services and how BER can help your building project achieve ENERGY STAR certification.