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Getting Started: Step 1 Registration & Submittal Process

First, download and complete the following required submittals. Then proceed to the online Certification Request Form, where instructions will prompt you to upload these documents. Projects will not be reviewed until all of the following submittals have been uploaded or emailed to

These instructions for Certification refer to the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Please consult the Criteria Manual for a complete description of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and the two-step Certification process.

Certification Workbook
All projects must upload the completed Certification Workbook as an excel document with digital signatures from the project team. Projects that do not want to include digital signatures should send in an additional signed PDF version of the Certification Workbook to

  1. Complete all sections of the Project Overview tab.
  2. Complete the Intended Methods tab, including the following:
    • Indicate how each criterion will be implemented in column D, and provide additional information or explanation of alternative approaches to meeting the criterion in Column E.
    • Include the net density calculation (mandatory Criterion 2.3 and optional Criterion 2.4) in Column E for Additional Information.
    • Complete the Location of Measure in Project Documents and Spec page number / plan type for locating measure in Columns F and G.
    • Complete Column H which indicates the Champion or project team member responsible for seeing that the criterion is satisfied.
  3. To indicate compliance with mandatory Criterion 1.1, provide the project team members' digital signatures at the bottom of the Intended Methods form, or send in an additional signed PDF version of the Certification Workbook.

Site Plan

  • Using the project’s site plan, mark or highlight the following, as applicable:
    • The project’s proximity to existing infrastructure (mandatory Criterion 2.2), and connecting pathways into the adjacent pedestrian grid.
    • For mandatory Criterion 2.6 and optional Criterion 2.7, show the location of additional open space in relationship to the project

Context Map

  • On the context map, indicate the center of the site. Then demonstrate the walk distance from the project to the following, as applicable:
    • The required community amenities surrounding the project (mandatory Criterion 2.5)
    • Public open space (Option 2 of mandatory Criterion 2.6 for rural/tribal/small towns projects)
    • The location of public transit stops (optional Criterion 2.8)
    • The location of the site to a farmer’s market (Option 3 of optional Criterion 2.12)
  • Walk distances may be demonstrated by creating a Context Map with concentric circles, indicating the distance of the above listed neighborhood features. Alternatively, project teams may satisfy the Context Map requirement by submitting a Walkscore for your site, including the neighborhood features.
  • For projects seeking optional points under Criterion 2.8, attach the weekly bus, train and/or ferry schedule.

Energy Performance Report Form
All project teams must upload the results of their energy model. If the project has multiple buildings, then upload a ZIP file with all of the required documents.

Single Family and Multifamily Buildings (three stories or fewer) -- New Construction and Rehabilitation
  • If demonstrating compliance with Mandatory credits 5.1a and 5.1c, upload Home Energy Rating (HERS) reports
Multifamily Buildings (four stories or more) -- New Construction and Rehabilitation
  • Complete the Energy Performance Report Form. Note that multifamily moderate and substantial rehab projects must complete an additional section – Section IV: Energy Improvements – to identify specific energy improvements proposed in the project scope to achieve the desired percentage of whole-building energy improvement.
  • Upload the preliminary energy modeling report provided by your project’s energy modeler and the completed “Energy Performance Report Form” as a combined PDF or as a ZIP file. Projects teams that are unable to combine the files may send them to

To complete Step 1, complete the online Certification Request Form.

Single-Family Clustering Protocol
Single-family developers can cluster the Certification of individual houses that are part of a larger project or program. Projects that may be qualified to use this protocol include, but are not limited to:

  • A development entity responsible for a group of single-family homes that meet the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and were certified under one application.
  • The lead partner in a consortium of developers certifying single-family homes under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The lead partner is acting as an intermediary between the consortium of developers and the Enterprise Green Communities Certification process, handling the application work.
For instructions, download the Single Family Clustering Protocol. A clustered project is required to submit this form during Step 1.

Waiver Request Process
A formal waiver request process is available for project teams with extenuating circumstances that may preclude the full integration of a mandatory measure. To maintain the technical integrity of the Criteria, this is offered on a limited basis for situations where an alternative approach or a waiver for a single mandatory measure may be acceptable. As soon as the issue is identified during the design and construction process, download and complete the Waiver Request Form and email it to