Home Innovation Selected as Energy Star MRO

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Multifamily by on January 19, 2018 0 Comments

green high-riseThe Environmental Protection Agency has named Home Innovation Research Labs as the first Multifamily Review Organization (MRO) for high-rise, non-commercial projects seeking Energy Star certification.

Rather than submitting Energy Star project documentation to EPA, project teams can work directly with Home Innovation for the review and approval of their submissions. Home Innovation staff will review and approve Energy Star documentation submissions by developers.

“Serving as an MRO underscores Home Innovation’s expertise in multifamily buildings of all sizes, energy efficiency and third-party practice,” said Home Innovation president and CEO Mike Luzier.

“Home Innovation will be able to capitalize on the significant infrastructure and building science expertise that has enabled the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certification program to be delivered in a streamlined and cost-effective fashion, thus providing greater economy of scale,” he said.

Developers seeking Energy Star certification in response to local mandates, to achieve market differentiation or to qualify for financing incentives can learn about other programs that Home Innovation offers. Fannie Mae and HUD, for example, both offer preferred financing for green-certified properties and both NGBS Green and the Energy Star MFHR (multifamily high-rise) program are among the recognized programs. Many HUD programs also require, or at least, encourage Energy Star certification as a minimum for energy efficiency in new construction.

The MRO designation also provides a new business opportunity for Home Innovation’s accredited NGBS Green Verifiers who will now be permitted to submit Energy Star documentation for developer clients. It also aligns with the provisions for energy-efficiency compliance in the 2015 NGBS, which includes Energy Star certification as an alternative compliance path to Bronze and Silver certification for multifamily projects.

To learn more, contact Michelle Foster, vice president for innovation services, at 800-638-8556 x6205 or online.

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