ENERGY STAR Rater Field Checklist: 5. Heating & Cooling Equipment


When certifying a home to ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Version 3.0/3.1 (Rev. 08), the Energy Rater completes the Rater Field checklist to document thermal enclosure and HVAC system performance. The Rater completes this Checklist during two site visits – one prior to drywall installation and the other after construction is complete.

This page shows the checklist requirement for Section 5 of the ENERGY STAR Rater Field Checklist, “Heating & Cooling Equipment,” and applicable footnotes.

For information on installing HVAC equipment, see installation guides linked to sections 6 through 10 of the Rater Field Checklist.

Checklist revised 09/15/2015.  Required for homes permitted starting 07/01/2016.
Checklist revised 09/15/2015. Required for homes permitted starting 07/01/201629



2. The term ‘Rater’ refers to the person completing the third-party inspections required for certification. This person shall: a) be a certified Home Energy Rater, Rating Field Inspector, or an equivalent designation as determined by a Verification Oversight Organization such as RESNET; and, b) have attended and successfully completed an EPA-recognized training class. See

3. The column titled “N/A,” which denotes items that are “not applicable,” should be used when the checklist Item is not present in the home or conflicts with local requirements.

29. This Revision of the Rater Field Checklist is required to certify all homes permitted after 07/01/2016, but is allowed to be used for any home permitted or completed prior to this date. The Rater may define the ‘permit date’ as either the date that the permit was issued or the date of the contract on the home. In cases where permit or contract dates are not available, Providers have discretion to estimate permit dates based on other construction schedule factors. These assumptions should be both defensible and documented.

30. This Checklist is designed to meet the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010/2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and ANSI/ACCA 5 QI - 2015 HVAC Quality Installation Specification, thereby improving the performance of HVAC equipment in new homes when compared to homes built to minimum code. However, these features alone cannot prevent all ventilation, indoor air quality, and HVAC problems, (e.g., those caused by a lack of maintenance by occupants). Therefore, this Checklist is not a guarantee of proper ventilation, indoor air quality, or HVAC performance.

31. If installed equipment does not match the HVAC Design Report, then prior to certification the Rater shall obtain written approval from the designer (e.g., email, updated HVAC Design Report) confirming that the installed equipment meets the requirements of the HVAC Design Report. In cases where the condenser unit is installed after the time of inspection by the Rater, the HVAC manufacturer and model numbers on installed equipment can be documented through the use of photographs provided by the HVAC Contractor after installation is complete.

32. The Rater shall measure and record the external static pressure in the return-side and supply-side of the system using the contractor-provided test locations. However, at this time, the Rater need not assess whether these values are within a specific range to certify the home.

Contributors to this Guide: ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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